Green Thumb - Raising Monarch Caterpillars

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Over the past two, three? four? years or more, I've really enjoyed figuring out what goes where in our yard and in our garden - 

 I thought these bright yellow flowers were so pretty - but, I knew I didn't plant them in my garden.
Perhaps some birds did? That certainly wouldn't be the first time something popped up completely out of place - but, a quick poll on Facebook told me that these were in fact, pretty little weeds!

Figures doesn't it?

We've really come a long way - and I'm loving how full things are! 
 One thing that I don't need any help figuring out though - Is the raising of the Monarch Butterflies!
 The white 'dot' on the underside of the milkweed is a Monarch Egg! We have dozens!!
 I brought just three lil eggs inside to our butterfly habitat - 
And sure enough if they didn't hatch into teensy tiny little baby cats!
 I used a quarter for comparison - you can BARELY see the lil guys!

Barely as long as three letters on UNITED! WOW!

Talk about TINY!

We know from experience that these guys will get quite a bit larger - 
And I can't wait to watch them grow & turn into the beautiful Monarch Butterflies that they are destined to become!  I need to get outside and 'rescue' the rest of our babies that are hatching on the milkweed - but they are so teensy tiny they are hard to find at this stage! 

Stay tuned for this year's first round of raising Monarch Cats!
(& - Just for fun, we have planted Dill and ack, what else did I plant for the Swallowtails?
I can't for the life of me remember! Oh well - here's to seeing if it works!)

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