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Red Tractor Girl
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Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
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Posted - Jul 24 2018 :  09:53:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yesterday, we counted 7 Monarch Butterfly caterpillers on one Milk Weed plant in our backyard. We have been watching the Monarchs feed on the plant since we got it. My question is that when they eat up all of the leaves, where do they go next?



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Red Tractor Girl
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windypines
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Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
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Posted - Jul 25 2018 :  02:45:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
oh fun to watch. enjoy. Where do they go next, I don't know. Milkweeds grow like weeds up here, so we have alot. I always leave them if they pop up in a flower bed. Hopefully they make their cocoon where you can watch them change.

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janamarieje
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Jana
Southern California
USA
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Posted - Jul 25 2018 :  06:26:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have two milkweed plants and they have never finished all the leaves. Enjoy the wonders f nature!

Jana

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YellowRose
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Sara
Paris TX
USA
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Posted - Jul 25 2018 :  07:00:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's a link for milkweed seeds

https://www.botanicalinterests.com/category/s?keyword=milkweed

A plant or two would be great for monarchs.

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Red Tractor Girl
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Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
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Posted - Jul 26 2018 :  07:31:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Sara for the link! We definitely will grow more next year!!

We found a monarch chrysalis yesterday attached to the side of the carport. I hope all the others found a good place to hatch!!

Winnie #3109
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katmom
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Grace
WACAL Gal Washington
USA
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Posted - Aug 05 2018 :  6:40:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Awesome... I need to plant some Milkweed...

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suny58
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Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
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Posted - Aug 06 2018 :  7:29:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is so cool Winnie! Doesnt ir make you feel so good to know you are helping the monarch population?? We have 3 milkweed and a few caterpillars ourselves! I want to baby them like a mother hen! Lol!! Wtg!

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Dianna
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MaryJanesNiece
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Krista
Utah
USA
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Posted - Aug 08 2018 :  1:39:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How cool! I remember raising a Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar when I was in school. It was one of the most memorable things we did. Thanks for sharing a picture. I hope they all find safe homes and make it to be beautiful butterflies!!

Krista
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wildflower17
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Judy
KY
USA
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Posted - Aug 09 2018 :  06:32:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

I love butterflies but we have not had near the amount of bees and butterflies that we normally have...I have a butterfly bush in our front yard...Normally the butterflies flock to it every Summer...This year there have only been a few...Makes me sad not to see these little creatures...

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Judy

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ddmashayekhi
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Dawn
Naperville Illinois
USA
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Posted - Aug 09 2018 :  10:00:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Keep an eye on them. The wasps have a nasty habit of stinging them to death just as they are ready to leave the cocoons. The poor monarchs need all the help they can get!

Dawn in IL

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wildflower17
True Blue Farmgirl

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Judy
KY
USA
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Posted - Aug 09 2018 :  2:17:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

They are such beautiful little creatures...

Hugs!

Judy

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"Country Girl at Heart...Blessed Beyond Measure"!!!

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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

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Krista
Utah
USA
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Posted - Aug 10 2018 :  2:21:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh goodness Dawn! I have never heard of that before. Do you know why they do that?

Krista
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ddmashayekhi
True Blue Farmgirl

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Dawn
Naperville Illinois
USA
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Posted - Aug 15 2018 :  11:32:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm not sure why the wasps do that. My friend's daughter-in-law brings the cocoons into her house after she saw the wasps killing them a few summers ago. Last year she rescued 27 monarchs!

Dawn in IL

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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

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Krista
Utah
USA
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Posted - Aug 15 2018 :  12:43:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That is crazy! Dang wasps. Thank goodness she is helping to rescue them. We definitely need more of these beauties.

Krista
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