LARRY AND BETTY’S MONARCH ADVENTURE – LIFELESSONS, Judy Dykstra-Brown

The vanishing of the monarch butterfly is a continuing drama as those of us who want to save them fight the clock to grow enough milkweed to nourish them on their journeys. This post by Judy Dykstra-Brown is one of the best posts I’ve seen showing the life of the Monarch butterfly. Enjoy! I certainly did.


Larry and Betty’s Monarch Adventure

I just have to share this email I got from my friends Larry Kolczak and Betty Peterson in Ajijic, Mexico. I published photos of one of these caterpillars a few weeks ago.  Here is the end of the story, told by Larry:

Since we live only a few hour’s drive from the mountains in Central Mexico where the Monarch butterflies from Eastern Canada and the U.S. migrate to spend the winter, we figured we’d better give them a helping hand by planting some milkweed in our garden. It is actually a more attractive plant than I imagined. And, it is the only plant on which Monarch butterflies lay their eggs.

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After just a week or two, Monarch’s found our plants and began laying their tiny white pearl-like eggs. Here is one right where the sunlit and shadowed parts of the leaf meet.

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The eggs hatch about 4 days later. This little guy is busily munching on milkweed.

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Milkweed contains some toxic chemicals that don’t affect the Monarch, but will sicken any predator that eats either the caterpillar or the butterfly. As a result, neither has to have camouflaged coloration. Their bright colors serve as a reminder to any predator who ever tried to eat one.

Please enjoy the rest of the story at: Larry and Betty’s Monarch Adventure on lifelessons.

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