Autumn is here; the weather is changing and our Monarch Butterflies are heading to Mexico, the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. As I was tending to the chores of clean, disinfecting, and storing our butterfly gear, I took some time to look over the “Butterfly Garden”. First to catch my attention were several “Bumble Bees” sheltering under flowers and leaves. .
Then I notice Monarch Butterfly frass (dropping) and with that I found two(2) caterpillars eating. I walked around the “Butterfly Garden” and the “Pollinator Garden” and found and rescued seven(7) caterpillars. They were moved into the habitat. Add to this, I found a “one star” caterpillar https://pelicanprose.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/IMG_6452-scaled.jpeg on the Milkweed Tree” that i used in the habitat.
Back to cleaning. After every batch all of the gear/equipment is washed, disinfected, and air dried. As luck would have it, the water spigot is behind the “Pollinator Garden” and as I was leaning to turn it on, right in front of my face is another caterpillar. He is now in the safety of the habitat.
Here you can watch a time-lapse video of a Monarch Butterflly emerging from Chrysalis
Video of one of our “Tag and Release” session.