17 Jul Monarch Butterfly Release – Friday, July 17, 2020
This is a remarkable monarch butterfly season in southern California. Have had more caterpillars and released more monarchs than all four prior years put together!
I raise all of my caterpillars in habitats this time of year (July thru September) to protect them from tachinid flies which will lay their eggs in the caterpillar or chrysalis and kill them.
I leave my milkweed open for females to lay eggs on the leaves, then move the entire plant into a habitat whenever possible. Today, I released 7 gorgeous monarchs that emerged (eclosed) today, Friday, July 17, 2020>
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