Yesterday I was walking in the yard, filling the bird feeders and just taking a look at everything. Every morning I do what we call “a spin” with a cup of coffee in my hand and look at the status of things. I was looking at the garden square that I have made the “butterfly sanctuary” and lo and behold! Monarch caterpillars on the milkweed!
There were three of them visible to me.
A few hours afterwards, I came back out to take a look and one was missing, and another one crawling away from the plant. I can tell I am going to be an anxious butterfly mom. I put it back on the milkweed. I also saw that one of the plants they were munching on was already stripped bare.
We are going to need more milkweed. I definitely don’t have enough, and the thought of them running out of food will be hard on me.
So, I came inside to get more information on what to do.
Here are some websites with useful information on their behaviors, what to do and what not to do, (ahem..hello me) such as leaving them alone. They need to hide and be still while going through their life cycle, and also, spiders such as the little guys we affectionately call “Jumpies” will get to them. We have a lot of those and I need to be at peace with that as that is Nature’s way.
But I also looked to see where I can get milkweed cuttings FAST. I definitely don’t have enough. Let’s hope they get here and I can establish them fast enough for these hungry babies growing up in The Gardens of 333.
Seeds and Cuttings at low cost:
Learn About Monarchs:
- My “Save the Monarchs” Butterfly Backyard Project (whiterosepath.wordpress.com)
- The Plight of the Monarch Butterfly (theblondegardener.com)
- Windsor woman takes on monarch rearing (blogs.windsorstar.com)
- Effort beginning to help monarchs boost population (hamptonroads.com)
- How to be a Butterfly Wrangler (theblondegardener.com)
- Lack of Monarchs is raising concern (wane.com)
- The Milkweed Is In! My Save The Monarchs Garden Project (whiterosepath.wordpress.com)
- Flowers are blooming, but where are Southwest Michigan’s butterflies? (mlive.com)
- Seen Any Monarch Caterpillars or Butterflies this Summer? (ecorazzi.com)
- Monarch butterfly habitat in Mexican forests at 20-year low (earthsky.org)