Sunday, August 25, 2019

Monarch Butterfly update

Update on the Monarch butterfly caterpillars! On August 4 and 5th. We collected three caterpillars from our milkweed plants and put them in cages on a bookshelf in our back porch.

For two weeks the caterpillars ate milkweed leaves daily and grew long and thicker in their bodies. Daily I provided  fresh leaves and removed the many round poop pellets from their cages. When they climbed to the top of the cages
and  had attached themselves there  by Wednesday morning and their caterpillar
bodies were hanging in a “j” shape we knew they were on the threshold of entering their chrystalsis stage! By late Wednesday afternoon we could no longer see any caterpillars! In their place were three shiny green chrystalsis pods hanging from the top in each cage!
Amazing! On. August the 31st. We expect we shall see three adult Monarch butterflies, one in each cage.  Magical!  Butterfly pictures of Adult Monarch butterflies in the cages in about ten days are next folks!

1 comment:

eileeninmd said...


It is a magical process. Good work, raising the Monarchs! Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week ahead!