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Monarch migration has begun

Posted by natal Louisiana 8b (My Page) on
Sun, Mar 20, 11 at 17:34

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


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RE: Monarch migration has begun

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

  • Posted by natal Louisiana 8b (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 9, 11 at 18:45

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...


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RE: Monarch migration has begun

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.


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  • Posted by natal Louisiana 8b (My Page) on
    Sun, Apr 10, 11 at 12:51

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.


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