I am so excited to be in this group and learning so much! I have 3 milkweed Butterfly I believe there are angels among us shirt, parsley, dill and fennel. I have seen 2 monarchs in my garden but haven’t spotted any eggs thus far. Praying I get to experience all this.
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If you get into raising monarchs or any other caterpillars for that matter (we also raise black swallowtails) you’ll be addicted I promise. It’s the most amazing thing to watch ever!
Joyce Ward that is a very broad question. The simplest answer is to read as much about the lifecycle of monarchs as you can. Research host plants which for monarchs is only milkweed and research other types of nectar plants that will draw them in. After they lay eggs on your milkweed watch the eggs until they hatch and we collect the caterpillars as early as possible but not too early.
They’re very delicate right out of Butterfly I believe there are angels among us shirt. So collect them when they get a little size maybe a CM or so and keep them in enclosures to protect them from predators like wasps. The lifecycle phases are close to the same length. A couple weeks as eggs. A couple weeks as caterpillars where they have 5 growth stages called instars that are separated by shedding their skins and then they form a chrysalis to pupate for close to 2 weeks.
They’ll move to the top of Butterfly I believe there are angels among us shirt and form the chrysalis as they shed for the last time. When they turn black a couple weeks later they are about to emerge as full grown butterfly’s. It’s very important they hang upside down for a couple of hours after they emerge so their wings inflate. At the end of the day you’ll be able to release them. And id like us you get into other types of butterfly’s like Swallowtails you shouldn’t keep them in the same container. A zipper type mesh laundry hamper from Walmart makes a great enclosure. I hope this was helpful my thumbs are tired now