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September 22, 2016

When I was out gathering milkweed for one of the "last" times, I found 2 cats.  One didn't look good, and it did die a couple days later.  The other didn't waste any time pupating along with a lot of the previous ones, so I was finally cat-free, which was a relief as n...

September 14, 2016

You can't walk by a milkweed plant on the way to the studio and not spot a caterpillar, it seems.  This photo doesn't include the 4 parasitized ones or the one hanging in my office.

This is the first of my Mexico-bound brood.  It should be emerging anytime now.  I'm hop...

September 8, 2016

But who's counting?

September 7, 2016

The prairie plant catalogs have been staring at me for a few weeks now. I dug them out of a pile of other neglected plant books and periodicals after Jerry mentioned that we should get some seeds ordered for our prairie-to-be. 

The catalogs arrived in the mail early l...

September 7, 2016

Pfffffft.  That was amateur hour.  The larvae started coming out of the milkweed "woodwork" again yesterday.  Twelve more from in front of the studio, and a 13th on some common milkweed out in the prairie, where I was harvesting chow for the masses.  Thirty-eight now....

September 6, 2016

Shannon found 2 larvae today on the swamp milkweed, and I found one when I was getting leaves from one of the common milkweeds in the prairie. One pupated during the night, and another is in J stage. It will be a relief when they're all chrysalides. There are still 8 c...

September 6, 2016

As of about 20 minutes ago, I'm up to 22 cats/chrysalides. Help!!!

September 4, 2016

Last week was really something Monarch-wise.  Check this out:

I was out collecting seed from our rapidly fading swamp milkweed and suddenly, everywhere I looked there were Monarch caterpillars. Over the next 4 days, Shannon and I found 19. And this on only 4 mature and...

August 18, 2016

All 8 were females, which is odd, given that the male to female ratio is 1:1.  They were both lovely.

I don't miss the almost-daily cleaning of their habitats and harvesting  and inspecting of the milkweed, but I sure do miss releasing them. It's a thrill to see them ta...

August 12, 2016

When I look at my planting projects, I wonder what made me think I could create beautiful gardens – and now, a prairie.

It seems everyone else knows all about plants, their names and how to successfully grow them in arrays of gorgeous shapes and colors. Other people c...

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