Look What I Found On My Butterfly Weed Today!

organic_kitten(8)August 22, 2010

I noticed my butterfly weed looked a little ragged today, and since I had seen a female monarch on it, I decided to look.

The culprit was easy to find! This Newbie is really excited.

He was really chomping away at the butterfly weed. Which was planted for that very reason. Yippee!

kay

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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Oh what a happy success! VERY good!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 4:18PM
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terrene(5b MA)

That's great! Looks like he's going to pupate soon so he will probably disappear off your tropical milkweed. Next time you can collect some eggs when you see the female and have more success. :)

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 5:08PM
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jrcagle(z7 MD)

Congratulations! Welcome to the addiction of butterfly raising...

Jeff

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 6:06PM
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runmede(7a Virginia)

Early morning is the best time to find them. They are up at the top of the plants. Later in the morning, they go down to the lower leaves and actually off the plants to avoid predators.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 6:41PM
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bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

Congrats kitten!! Good for you! It is really exciting to find them, and it's even more exciting to raise them and observe the whole process of metamorphosis. Be forewarned that it is an addicting hobby!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 9:28PM
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organic_kitten(8)

Well, I had looked after the momma stayed on the plant so long, but didn't find anything. I am thrilled to see this cat. I am so happy to see she did use it.

I am such a newbie, I will have to get a lot better at finding the little ones.
kay

    Bookmark   August 23, 2010 at 5:58AM
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bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

They can be amazingly hard to locate kitten. You'd think that with the stripes and colors they would stand out like sore thumbs, but they have the ability to just disappear on those plants. Check underneath the individual leaves. If you are going to rescue them, it's best to catch them when they are small and before they fall prey to the wasps and flies.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2010 at 10:26PM
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gldno1

Congratulations! I know how excited you are. I found a strange looking large caterpillar on my 4o'clocks this morning and have no idea what it is.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2010 at 10:52AM
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