Monarch migration has begun

natal(Louisiana 8b)March 20, 2011

Saw one today oviposting on the milkweed. Also have been seeing swallowtails ... black and tiger.

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I've had tigers (light phase) and skippers, but no monarchs yet. Isn't it great to see butterflies again?

    Bookmark   March 20, 2011 at 6:29PM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

March 31 the milkweed was about a foot tall when I spied the first cat.

Today all three plants were practically stripped clean and this is what I saw on one...

    Bookmark   April 9, 2011 at 6:45PM
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newyorkrita(z6b/7a LI NY)

Awesome picture with all the caterpillers. I get them as I have milkweeds too but they don't last in my yard. As soon as the Caterpiller gets big enough for me to notice, give it a day or two and they are gone. I am sure that means some backyard bird here had them for lunch.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2011 at 11:45AM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

I've watched cardinals make a lunch of swallowtail cats. Sad, but that's nature.

Last night I moved a couple cats to a smaller patch of milkweed in the veggie garden and they're still munching away today. This morning I discovered the other cats found some hidden milkweed under the Mexican flame vines. Hopefully that'll provide enough food until they pupate.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2011 at 12:51PM
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