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Happenings in the insect world
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by Gary granata
on March 12, 2021 at 5:58 PM
I released 75 last summer.it never gets old.congrats
by Robert Lilley
on March 12, 2021 at 8:48 PM
I'm in Thibodaux Louisiana trying to bring back the monarch to my property that full of butterflies 40 years .Any help would be appreciated.
by Joan T. Dillon
on March 13, 2021 at 2:18 PM
Beautiful creations..religious symbol for the Resurrection..appropriate at this time of year..Easter.
by Henry Yeh
on March 13, 2021 at 5:24 PM
I live in Venice FL. 2 of my neighbors and I raise Monarch and now (March) we have over dozen eggs. We just let a bunch go in December.....
by AngelinaC
on June 25, 2021 at 8:49 AM
Responding to Robert Lilley  
 
Plant milkweed.  
 
It’s VERY IMPORTANT to find varieties native to your area. If you don’t get hard winters cold enough to kill tops, don’t plant tropical types.  
 
Seeds are cheap on Ebay. Garden centers sell plants in spring. Sadly, most treat them as spring flowers and it can be very difficult to get more plants in summer, just as your caterpillar population explodes, there are no plants. They 'cats won’t eat ANY other plant.  
 
Plant LOTS and LOTS of milkweed to attract monarchs and you’ll see them.  
 
Plant lots because one caterpillar can eat an entire plant in its life cycle. Plant lots because monarch butterfly’s are very territorial!  
 
They are a beautiful flower for beds as well, 'though comes and goes!  
 
Aphids are an issue. They are easily washed off with a stream of water, and gently rubbed off, too. They do not tend to re-infest the plants because when you wash and rub them off, they leave their mouthparts.  
 
Mesh butterfly cages allow you to get up close and observe the life cycle, which I think everyone should see once. It’s astonishing! Kids LOVE watching. Instructions on how to do that are all over the internet. You’ll maybe want two cages (or more) to separate the sizes. The caterpillars are cannibals and big ones will eat the smalls.  
 
I bought my first three tiny milkweeds from a garden center. Couldn’t plant for a couple days, and when I went out to plant...they were FILLED with tiny 'cats! Commence panic shopping for more milkweed! Go crazy and spend a LOT and grow tons of them, or be fierce and let them eat each other to keep cage life on your budget.  
 
I’d drive them to wild, beauty areas to release, as it’s overdeveloped where I live. Friends and loved ones love that part!  
 
It’s not too late (June) to plant milkweed. They’ll need food on the return journey too.  
 
It’s best to have other flowers for nectar for the stragglers in autumn, but trim the milkweed to the ground in late fall. You don’t want to encourage them to stay, but they’ll still need nectar for their journey.  
 
Everyone needs to put out some native to their area, varieties of milkweed to keep these majestic beasties here!
 
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