Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar Dilemma : Part 9

Well the dilemma has passed. The caterpillars were being eaten (we think by Praying Mantises*) and disturbed by people passing. They came into our home where the warmth and safety were to their liking. The first two have left the chrysalis that allowed their metamorphosis to take place. One flew to the fence where it sat for hours before leaving.

The second came a few hours later and the cool autumn afternoon may have showed its preparation for flight. As the day cooled, we have moved that one back into the garage, along with two chrysalises still intact on that plant. We hope that is the right thing to do.

The other 12 or so will hatch over the coming days. We hope for a 100% strike rate of success but the reality may be different. The main thing is we have given some Monarch Butterflies - a species plagued by predators - a chance.

First one out

Taking in the sun

On the fence before disappearing

Number two just arrived

Slowly drying out

* Many people in our area say how many Praying Mantis insects are around here and I concur with that observation.

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