Monarchs In Captivity
I'm just wondering if anyone has been able to keep Monarchs alive over the winter in captivity? Since they enter a relatively dormant phase upon arrival in Mexico, I wonder if they could be kept in a climate controlled situation and at least the first generation of eggs laid in the spring could be raised in a protected environment free of predators or OE? I understand that would be very complicated and fraught with unknown variables, but does anyone know if it has been attempted? Or could some of the Monarchs that do reach the overwintering site be captured before they leave in the spring, at least temporarily, to collect eggs and raise those cats on milkweed that has been grown in a protected area?
I have enough milkweed seed collected that I could supply a huge batch of seedlings in the spring. I mean acres, literally. I just want so desperately to help in some meaningful way. I don't want last summer to have been my last experience with Monarchs.