My final two Monarchs emerged and are off.

docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)August 19, 2013

I had noticed some blotchy color change in the chrysalides, and they were lagging behind all the others. So, I assumed they were duds and hung them outside so they could be someone else's lunch. Well, three days later I found beautifull butterflies hanging from those chrysalides drying their wings. Yeah!

Martha

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Phildeez(9b)

Congrats! Just curious, what generally eats them that you want around your house?

    Bookmark   August 19, 2013 at 11:25PM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

Birds, raccoons. I didn't really think about who might eat them. I just know that when things die in nature, the natural "garbage collectors" do their job. Most likely smaller invertebrates and microbes. Critters I generally don't notice, but know they play a crucial role in the balance of nature.

Martha

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 7:02AM
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Ruth_MI(z5MI)

Congratulations! What a nice surprise. Do you know if these monarchs will lay eggs, and the next generation will migrate, or will these migrate? It seems late for another generation, but a little early for these to migrate. But I know so little about all this.

I let my first one go early yesterday evening (it eclosed while I was at work), and have two more that eclosed this morning. Another one should eclose any time now. So far, all females, I think.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 9:25AM
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NaturesFolly(West MI 5)

Congrats on a job well done :) YAY!!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 12:36PM
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cghpnd

wow, that is so cool! for me its bitter sweet to wacth them leave.
I have one chrysalis (the one that was bit by another cat) that has not emerged yet. I was thinking of doing the same thing but i feel so bad for even thinking of that. LOL
Maybe Ill just go ahead and do it and stop being a wuss hehe

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 12:49PM
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bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

Congrats to you Martha! Yay indeed! Every little bit counts.
Angie :o)

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 5:40PM
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Leafhead

Absolutely.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 8:02PM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

Ruth,
I don't know for sure whether these Monarchs could lay eggs yet this season or not. I do know that I've raised Monarchs that didn't eclose until late September or even early October. Who knows whether those had time to make it all the way to Mexico? Nature often seems wasteful, but I think almost all creatures try to stretch the ends of each season in order to take advantage of the variability that occurs from year to year. Just as the first Robin arrives when the ground is still frozen, the last Monarch leaves for Mexico far later than seems safe. But, they may have gotten an entire extra generation in? Who knows?

Martha

    Bookmark   August 23, 2013 at 7:42AM
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