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Sunday, October 28, 2012

More Monarch News

What a wonderful day to be out in the garden!  Clear blue skies, low humidity, pleasant temperatures - just perfect!  OK, so I had some indoor chores I could have been doing, but it was just too nice to be stuck indoors.

I spent the afternoon out in the garden -- I planted a few bulbs, I pulled a few weeds, and then I just sat and enjoyed the day.


There were still several butterflies floating around, such as this Gulf Fritillary.  But the Monarch nursery is what has me super excited this year.

In my last blog post I mentioned that we had several Monarch caterpillars, and also some chrysalises, including a couple under the birdbath.

A couple of days ago, I took another peek under the birdbath and noticed that I could see the distinctive black and orange coloration of a Monarch butterfly inside one of the chrysalises (below on the left).  



Yesterday my husband spotted a Monarch sunbathing in our newly planted pine tree (replacement for the one that we had to have removed).



When I checked the chrysalis under the birdbath, sure enough it was empty! We were looking at a brand new Monarch :-)

Here's another chrysalis that's easier to see. If you click to see the larger version, you can really see the orange and black markings. This one is on the fence and I was hoping it would emerge today, while I was home.  But Mother Nature works to her own schedule!




To add to the merriment, I noticed a Monarch floating round the milkweed today, laying eggs. See that little white dot in the middle of the photo below?


 As I examined the plant to see if I could find any more eggs, I spotted a tiny caterpillar, about a third of an inch long. I couldn't get a photo of that one, but here's another that I was able to get a photo of.


There are still several more chrysalises to emerge, including one on the back of a garden chair, and now a new batch of caterpillars.  I hope the milkweed holds out!


Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.

4 comments:

george said...

63kernarkedHi Jayne,
Really looking forward to seeing the changes in the garden when we come over for Thanksgiving.See you both soon.Dad

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Jayne,
How exciting that you get to have all those monarchs in different stages of growth! Will they stick around now for awhile, or fly farther south?

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P.S. The monarchs look wonderful!

Kimberly said...

Hey, Jayne! Happy Thanksgiving to you. Love the pics...I have yet to see one of these beautiful crysallis in my yard. Also, I've linked to your blog and nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger award in my latest post. :)