monarch project 2010

Last year I decided to try raising Monarch butterflies in my home, and it was a great success.  I built a special “butterfly house” for them to stay in.  It is basically a wooden frame enclosed with screen.  When the caterpillars were ready to form a chrysallis, they climbed to the top and hung from the screen.  I found about 5 or 6 caterpillars, (I can’t remember for sure) and not a one died; they all became butterflies.  When they did, I simply released them outside.  I got to see a few of them form the chrysallis, but I never got to see them emerge.  I was always a little late and missed every one.  If you’d like to see the pictures, you can look in the archives of this blog for July and August of 2009.

Anyway, yesterday, while I was out for my walk, I found two caterpillars.  I picked a couple milkweed stalks for them to eat and they are now happily munching away in the butterfly house.  I’m planning on trying to find as many as I can throughout the summer, so I can raise them indoors.  I will post more pics as they progress.

This little guy is only 1/2 inch long.

This one is almost 1 1/2 inches long.

I put tape over the open spaces on the jars because last year I almost lost one in the water, plus they poop ALOT and this keeps the poop out of the water.  I have newspaper spread out underneath the butterfly house.

The butterfly house.  I need to change the design slightly so that the top can open up.

Just thought I’d throw in a few pics from yesterday as well.  This is milkweed, just starting to open.

St John’s Wort


1 Response to “monarch project 2010”

  1. June 23, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    You think of really cool stuff to do. Great post!

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