Patience

August 18, 2019 After releasing the first eight Monarchs Friday evening, I was determined to capture of video of one eclosing. After a morning of errands and three eclosing while we were out, the determination was even greater! I set the camera up and waited…and waited…and waited… After four looong hours, it finally happened! Even…

First Release of 2019

August 16, 2019 Today was our first Monarch release of 2019.  As we did last year, we invited a few friends and family; however, given the short notice (Mother Nature’s fault…not ours!), not many were available to attend.  Thankfully we still have over 100 yet to release! In typical butterfly fashion, you cannot predict what…

Show and Tell!

August 16, 2019 Amelia is NOT a morning person…never has and likely never will…comes by it honestly…I would sleep late everyday if I could!  This morning however, was an exception.  Today she was taking some chrysalides to Summer Camp for Show and Tell. Amelia started out the day with the two adult Monarchs still in…

Travelling Side Show

August 15, 2019 We have it all set up so that tomorrow Amelia will take a habitat of chrysalides to Summer Camp.  They will be on “Butterfly Watch” duty! I had originally planned on taking a habitat to the office on Friday in an effort to spread the “Monarch Love”; however, Mother Nature was in…

Hello There!

August 13, 2019 We are very pleased to report that the large group of 60 cats have successfully made themselves right at home in the large habitat. Some have even joined the other chrysalis’ at the top. The others are still happily munching away! The first colony of 30 is getting soo incredibly close to…

Persistence

August 10, 2019 All sixty (60) of the second to last batch of caterpillars (aka “cats”) have been successfully upgraded into the large habitat.  This will make cleaning and feeding a lot easier; however, this weekend it was a (slightly) challenging! We have been looking after this little cutie since Thursday for our son and…

19K Gold?

August 10, 2019 I have often wondered what the gold on the Monarch chrysalis is for.  Other than making the chrysalis appear (even more) elegant and mesmerizing, does this serve a purpose?  I mean, the word “chrysalis” is derived from the Greek word ¨chrysos¨ meaning ¨gold¨… so they have to do something, right? My first…