Back in the Milkweed Patch.

Monarchs arrived early this year on the Knobs, in southeastern West Virginia. I spotted a tattered, faded monarch—likely a Mexican migrant— on April 30.  Between those she left and those I found checking out milkweed on other spots on the Knobs, I found over 75 eggs.  The weather shifted between unusually hot days, 90° or more to cold wet days.

Monarchs Mating in My Screen Tent

Monarchs Mating in My Screen Tent

The caterpillars grew a little slower than summer

monarchs generally do.  Most of the chrysalides eclosed June 9th, 10th and 11th, giving me a wonderful gift for my 60th birthday.  I kept them in a screen tent in the yard for a few days so that they would mate and be ready to lay eggs as they continued their northward migration.  I wanted a few eggs to be left on the Knobs.

Once most of the butterflies had mated, I released them to continue their migration north.  They left me around 100 eggs in the tent which I am currently raising.

Screen tent

The screen tent was opened to release the monarchs on June 15th


About monarchchaser

I am a naturalist, illustrator/author and educator who has been raising and releasing monarch butterflies for over 40 years.
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