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August 10, 2016

Released another female Monarch this a.m. She was gorgeous:

Released another female Monarch this a.m. She was gorgeous:

Gotta love that face, eh?

While I was waiting for her to take off, I managed to get this bad shot of a hummingbird. These are the times when I can app...

August 7, 2016

. . . that these exist?  What a fascinating creature!

It's a Misumena vatia - a Goldenrod Crab Spider. It can turn yellow, if it's on a plant where yellow is more advantageous.  www.spiders.us says:

The “Goldenrod crab spider” is one of the most well-known, a...

August 3, 2016

I lost another caterpillar yesterday. Both the ones I've lost were from the 3 I brought in from the plants in front of my studio. The 3rd one seems to be thriving. Of course I was upset when I saw this 2nd casualty, so I inspected the plants to see if there were any do...

August 2, 2016

Damn. Had a dead caterpillar this a.m. That certainly wasn't expected, given they all looked so good yesterday. But - have another chrysalis and released butterfly number 3, another lovely lady. It really is truly wonderful to watch them take off into their new lives a...

August 1, 2016

So happy to set another one free.  She was beautiful.

July 29, 2016

It Lived! It's Free!

July 29, 2016

OK, well my Monarch nursery has got me a bit rattled. I decided I needed to move one chrysalis because it wasn't in a good place for the butterfly to emerge and dry its wings. I went through the procedure for moving them that I had previously done successfully - tie of...

July 26, 2016

So, I've been lovingly caring for 8 Monarch eggs/larvae/chrysalises for a while now, and am pleased to say that, barring any catastrophes, 5 will be emerging as butterflies in the next 6-15 days.  I have 3 that are only in their 2nd or 3rd instar phase, so they have a...

July 20, 2016

OK, well, if I wasn't panicky enough, today I got news to make me even more so.  Dr. Robert Hartzler, ISU Extension Weed Specialist and Professor of Agronomy, informed me that students working on a Monarch project are finding only one quarter of the Monarch eggs they f...

July 16, 2016

OK, so it's the middle of July, and I'm seeing only a fraction of the pollinators I saw at this time last year, and I'm on the verge of panic.  With all the new habitat Shannon and I have added to our property over the last year, I just knew it would be positively abuz...

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