Monarch Butterfly Blog

  • Thank you to everyone who attended today’s Monarch Butterfly presentation on Zoom: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Monarch Butterflies! Here is the presentation Handout of links and contact information: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Monarch Butterflies Handout...

  • Amazing Trip to Monarch Butterfly Overwintering Sites in Michoacan-Mexico Feb 2020 with Susie Vanderlip, Monarch Conservation Specialist for Monarch Watch (http://www.monarchwatch.org) Follow my blog at https://tinyurl.com/AllAboutMonarchs and learn more at http://www.monarchbutterflyspeaker.com Words are insufficient to describe the awe, elation, spiritual wonderment and JOY of being......

  • Here are a couple lists of common nectar plants that monarch butterflies need as a nectar source for food. Plant nectar plants for spring, summer and fall flowers. Monarchs need nectar through all 3 seasons. Lantana Yarrow  ...

  • On Friday, January 10th thru Sunday, January 12th, 2020, I had the delight of attending the first ever Western Monarch Summit coordinated by Western Monarch Advocates and the apt leadership Chair Robert Coffan. It was held in Carmel, California and was, for me, a profound......

  • See an amazing variety of monarch butterfly life cycle and behavior videos on my YouTube playlist including: caterpillars eating, caterpillars and butterflies interacting, creating their chrysalids, eclosing (emerging) from the chrysalis testing monarchs for Oe and much more! Check out my Playlist at http:/tinyurl.com/LoveMonarchs...

  • Hi Susie….I planted milkweed and got beautiful yellow and black caterpillars. Now they’re gone. I was expecting cocoons. Any idea what happened?   Monarch butterflies start as a tiny white egg laid on milkweed by the female monarch. The egg hatches in about 2 to......

  •   Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus Did your caterpillars crawl up in your rearing container, hang, and die? The stench is horrific and the caterpillars turn to dark black liquid? Chances are they have NPV, Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus. Melt, Wilt, and Black Death are a few of......

  • Monarch Butterfly Waystation – Have your butterfly garden officially designated a Monarch Waystation! Receive a certificate and important updates on the status of monarch butterflies. By registering as a Waystation, it helps researchers know who is planting milkweed and helping the population, and it encourages......

  • Become a Monarch Butterfly Citizen Scientist! Follow link below for instructions and how to get necessary materials pictured above from Monarch Health – University of Georgia research on the O.e. parasite. vanderlip.com/become-citizen-scientist/ To tag Eastern Monarchs, follow instructions at:  https://www.monarchwatch.org/tagging/ To tag Western Monarchs, follow......

  • I have so loved raising, photographing, videotaping, speaking and writing on monarch butterflies for over nine years now! I never lose the sense of awe and wonder as a butterfly flits around my garden or watching them make their chrysalis and eclose (emerge) from it.......

  • Tropical Milkweed has been on the market quite a few years and, as a result, is prolific in Orange County. It doesn’t die back in the fall like native milkweed, but continues to get leaves year round. This creates a serious health issue for individual......

  • Learn about the decline of honey bees...

  • Early spring (March) is a critical time to plant native nectar plants in your garden! Have plenty of flowering plants for monarch butterflies (and bees!) to feed on as they arrive after overwintering (semi-hibernating) either on the West Coast or down in Michoacán, Mexico! They......

  • Sources for NATIVE MILKWEED SEEDS here: Milkweed Seed Finder  ...

  • HOW TO CREATE HABITAT FOR MONARCHS (Monarch Butterfly Garden! Most current and accurate info!...

  • Watch as a monarch butterfly emerges (ecloses in scientific terms) from the chrysalis the caterpillar made on a succulent! https://youtu.be/bA0nWLBuYwE      Stunning, awing and beautiful to watch, all in real-time. What happens when it emerges (ecloses)? The monarch butterfly emerges after 2 weeks in......

  • Here are tips on 5 interesting behaviors of Monarch Butterflies including nectaring, basking, puddling, roosting and mating! Despite the development of many survival skills, monarch butterflies are in severe decline. Learning about their miraculous life cycle and behaviors motivates us all to do all we......

  • Eastern Monarch Decline (monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains) :  Twenty years ago, there Were 1 Billion Monarch Butterflies. In 2019, there were 95 million monarchs overwintering in Michoacán, Mexico oyamel fir tree forests. A decline of 98%. Western Monarch Decline (monarchs west of the......

  • Welcome to all our wholesale customers that carry The Story of Chester, the Monarch Caterpillar/Larva products. We greatly appreciate that you share about monarch butterfly life cycle with visitors to your botanic garden, boutique, florist or market. So we’ve created a point-of-sale flyer for The......

  • Raised in my habitat from a young caterpillar, see the chrysalis the day the monarch butterfly will eclose (emerge). Then watch as I released her at the Coastkeeper Garden, and she took to her first flight! Lovely! Watch live action: https://youtu.be/FepL8JgN5nc ...

  • This beautiful female monarch butterfly was raised in my small cylindrical habitat. I brought the caterpillar/larva in from narrow leaf native milkweed when about 5 days old, 2nd Instar. Cut a small stalk with fresh leaves from the plant each day, placing the stem in......

  • Why Are My Monarchs Turning Black? A certain percentage of monarch caterpillars and chrysalides just don’t make it into adulthood and become butterflies. They may show signs of disease or parasitism. It is heartbreaking but also common. Nature does not intend for them all to......

  •  Click link below: HOW TO BECOME A MONARCH BUTTERFLY CITIZEN SCIENTIST  ...

  • Host and Nectar Plants for Monarch Butterfly Gardening BUTTERFLY GARDENING by Susie Vanderlip Butterfly-host-and-nectar-plants Find Pollinator plants for your area of the US: http://www.xerces.org/pollinator-conservation/plant-lists/ Pollinator plants for Southeast http://www.xerces.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/SoutheastPlantList_web.pdf  ...

  • By NOV 1ST – TIME TO PRUNE TROPICAL (EXOTIC) MILKWEED! If you live on the West Coast and bought milkweed from Home Depot, Lowes, Armstrong Nursery, or any other major retailer, it is TROPICAL MILKWEED and needs to be cut back by Nov. 1st to......

  • O.e. Testing of Newly eclosed Monarch Butterfly on Jan. 20, 2016...

  • FIRST FLIGHT of a newly eclosed Monarch Butterfly on Nov 11,2015...

  • Rambunctious MONARCH caterpillars eating together! Watch and be entertained 🙂  ...

  • See Live action MONARCH Butterfly female Laying eggs on milkweed in my garden! Stunning!...

  • MONARCH Caterpillar/Larva making its chrysalis in a Habitat in our Yard on April 8, 2016...

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  • When the monarch butterfly is in the pupae stage, inside its chrysalis, it is prey to the tachinid fly which drill a hole in the chrysalis and lay its eggs inside. This kills the butterfly and leaves these tell tale signs: The chrysalis will turn from light......

  • Help spread the word! Beginning of November is time to prune Tropical (Exotic) Milkweed! Click here for a step by step guide on how to prune your Milkweed plants!...