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Monarchs in the Milkweed?

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Last fall I blogged about finding milkweed in the meadow. Now, I can say that my wish that maybe monarchs will be hatching here comes closer to reality.

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I think I found a monarch larvae here. The milkweed is flourishing. Other butterflies love it.

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Like this great spangled fritillary. And, of course, the bees.

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Looks like a bumble bee.

All in all, a good day in the meadow.

Now, to save that monarch from the predatory birds.

About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

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  1. Annie,
    If you’re talking about that little tiny black thing along the spine of the leaf, that could be a day old Monarch, but if you’re talking about that cocoon thing that is not a Monarch. Their eggs look like little white domes, pin head size, off white, and elevated. A few hours, maybe a day, before hatching they turn dark. (I transplanted some milkweed to start a butterfly garden in the backyard of our last house, and broke off a stem. A few days after I foolishly tried to root it, in a vase on the dining room table, my son noticed a baby caterpillar munching away. That started our fostering of Monarch caterpillars in the dining room for many seasons.)
    Happy to see you’ve got milkweed for Monarchs!

  2. You’re reminding me I need to take the time to check our milkweed now and see if there are any eggs or caterpillars.

  3. I hope the fierce storm won’t damage any eggs or developing monarchs. It’s just getting started here in eastern HoCo.

    Yesterday I had my second pick-up of the season for the One Straw Farm CSA. It included strawberries, kale, kohlrabi, garlic scapes, Nevada lettuce, and two other types of lettuce.

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