Monarch Greenhouse

jeriApril 5, 2013

Hi Everyone!

My husband is going to build a house for the Monarch's to be safe in while they go from egg to butterfly when I will release them. Do any of you have suggestions for this? Is the screen material that one would use on a window sufficient to keep predators out? I'm not sure it will keep ants out, but I'm not sure that is important???

Last year, I used the 5'9" cubed Greenhouse Castle and it was a lot of fun. But, I really needed more space so DH is building one for me that will be twice that big! I'm very excited about this!

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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

I don't know where you live but if you are in zone 10 Florida, I believe ants will be a major problem. I've seen people in southern Florida go to great lengths to protect their monarchs from ants.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 8:22PM
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jeri

I'm in Southern California.

Other than promoting aphids, what do the ants do to the cats or plants? Do you think a regular window screen would keep them out?

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 10:50PM
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KC Clark - Zone 2012-6a OH

Ants will run off with eggs and caterpillars.

I'm not aware of any real aggressive ants in southern Cal so whatever screening material you use should work out. There are predators that can get through most screening material but they are rarely numerous enough to worry about.

Good luck with the project.

KC

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 8:44PM
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jeri

DH is working hard to get it done asap - it's going to be GREAT! I'll post a pic or 2 when it is done.

I've not seen any Monarch's yet, but my tropical milkweed is just starting to bloom, so that should get their attention.

It's a race to see which happens first - eggs or rearing house finished! :-)

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 11:12AM
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