The Monarch Butterfly Picture Thread

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Re: The Monarch Butterfly Picture Thread

Postby winterfire » 31 May 2017, 07:06

My, hasn't he grown into a handsome fellow!

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Re: The Monarch Butterfly Picture Thread

Postby Alwin » 31 May 2017, 09:23

Wow! So beautiful! It's such a miracle! Thank you for sharing! :)

Could you manage to find enough milkweed for all of them? How many eggs did you collect so far?
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Re: The Monarch Butterfly Picture Thread

Postby Tracy G » 08 Aug 2017, 23:14

Alwin, the lack of milkweed so early in the season potentially could’ve posed a problem for my first batch of eggs. But as it turned out, the mortality rates were so horrendous that I ultimately needed very little food to feed the few survivors. :( I still don’t know what happened, but only seven of the 25 eggs that I gathered between April 19 and May 2 successfully matured to adulthood. Most of the larvae simply failed to thrive—they curled up and died before their first molt.

All eight of the eggs that I collected during the last week of June were successful. I’m now on a third batch, which I collected in mid-July. If I’m lucky, about half of these most recent ones will make it.

I’m seeing almost no monarchs in the wild right now. Instead we have lots and lots of painted ladies (Vanessa cardui). They’re a little smaller than the monarch, but with enough orange color on their wings that they sometimes fool me when I catch a glimpse of them in flight.
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Re: The Monarch Butterfly Picture Thread

Postby winterfire » 09 Aug 2017, 06:49

That's worrying isn't it? Are you in an agricultural area, could pesticides be a factor as well as climate? Hope your current babies thrive.


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