September 1, Wow this summer has gone fast. I hope you've enjoyed this blog, and perhaps have learned something about this beautiful creature we call a Monarch butterfly and how/why it's important that we save it! I am very encouraged at the effort that I see in my own community to create habitat, gardens and allow milkweeds to grow where a few years ago they would have been pulled, mowed, or sprayed! I want to include some resources on this blog for you to continue to follow Monarchs, and all of our migrating birds and butterflies. Check out Journey North Website
Journey North engages citizen scientists in a global study of wildlife migration
it's a great website for all things Monarch and beyond. Another great site is
Monarchwatch.org it has gifts, resources, plants and information about raising Caterpillars. Last but not least, if you live in the Minneapolis Metro Area please put the Monarch Festival on your calendar of summer activities Saturday September 10th, 10 AM - 4PM Lake Nokomis Park, Minneapolis Mn. Monarchfestival.org It's great festival for kids and parents. Education tents, face painting, mexican style food, and people dressed up as butterflies!
Finally to report on my end of the season caterpillars. I hatched a dozen eggs last week. I gave away 5 caterpillars to neighbors to help me raise. I currently have 3 chrysalises, 1 3rd instar, and 9 2nd instar babies. When they are all big enough to take a photo of I will post. You can't imagine how small these caterpillars are when they first hatch. They are very difficult to keep track of! They are all big enough now that I can see them, but not really big enough to show up in a photo, but all of them will eventually fly to Mexico!