Thursday, March 15, 2018

Monarch Butterflies 2018 : Part 5

With so many predators, where we live the only way to have any survive is bring the eggs inside. This rearing process is a commitment, especially with about 90 of them at various stages. If you are the sort to lose interest or get distracted with other things in life, better not to start.

They need food fresh. They are voracious eaters which means they defecate like there's no tomorrow. That means cleaning up regularly or some sort of catchment system. That too will need emptying from time to time.

If that's all good, then if you need to help them survive, then go for it. It is so rewarding to see the monarch butterfly take off into the wide world. They will come back again and again to your garden in the future. We know as others say they never see any despite having milkweed whereas we see see them so often around breeding time.

The two in the middle are having a good chew on the stalk.
They also eat the flowers but mainly the leaves

Another shot of the diners.
Guess what the two lumps behind the top one are?
(the end with the shorter feelers)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Cape Campbell (Marlborough, NZ) Revisited

In a previous visit I took some pics that can be seen here and also here. The reason is that a major earthquake took place since and the sea bed around the cape was raised. Someone unfamiliar with the area wouldn't notice but the rocks going out and the the north are now prominent.

The walk from from Marfells beach is quite long.
Part way there and the lighthouse is in the distance

The stairway up to the lighthouse

Finally there

There it is in all its splendour

Looking out you can see the lifted seabed


Now to the north and again the same effect

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monarch Butterflies 2018 : Part 4

The first two butterflies have arrived. Many more will follow soon but the first ones are always special. Two girls near where I live have named them bumble and stripes.

The next day, seven more butterflies arrived, making the total nine! Then on day three another five that made fourteen. One on day four and three on the fifth day bringing the total to eighteen in all having flown the nest. Day six was a rest day and day 7 produced one more. Three days later another one and one more the next day (21).

Last updated 21.03.18.