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Tiny Tim our “Special” Monarch Butterfly

Tiny Tim our “Special” Monarch Butterfly

Tiny Tim is our "Special Needs" Monarch Butterfly.  He is one of the five(5) of our second batch of sixteen(16) Monarchs.  More on the others later; this is Tiny Tim's Story. <img width="360" height="240" src="https://pelicanprose.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/IMG_1717-360x240.jpg" alt="Underdeveloped Monarch Butterfly" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/pelicanprose.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/IMG_1717-scaled.jpg?resize=360%2C240&ssl=1 360w, https://i0.wp.com/pelicanprose.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/IMG_1717-scaled.jpg?zoom=2&resize=360%2C240&ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/pelicanprose.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/IMG_1717-scaled.jpg?zoom=3&resize=360%2C240&ssl=1 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 360px) 100vw, 360px" /> Good Morning and Happy 4th of July.  The day started off just as any other in the live of a Monarch Butterfly Rancher.  We have five(5) Chrysalis hanging in the "outdoor habitat" and five(5) in the "indoor habitat."  These fellas did not get the predawn start of their six(6) predecessors…
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New & Improved Monarch Butterfly Garden

New & Improved Monarch Butterfly Garden

Monarch Butterfly Garden 2021 Monarach Butterfly Garden 2022 Not a day goes by that we don't hear and/or see "New and Improved."  Well, now it is my turn:  What a difference a year makes.  We have made a lot of improvements to our Monarch Butterfly Garden. Some of the changes/improvements we must credit to God, time, and "Mother Nature" as time to grow has filled out a lot of plants.  We have added several "Milkweed" plants; having planted over one hundred (100) plants and/or seed.  There are four (4) varieties: Tropical/Butterfly Milkweed, Yellow Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed, and Showy Milkweed.  Over…
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Lazarus the Monarch Butterfly

Lazarus the Monarch Butterfly

I'm just an Egg <img src="https://pelicanprose.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/MonarchEggCloseUp-150x150.jpg" alt="Monarch Egg" width="150" height="113" />  One November day,  my mother places me on the underside of a Milkweed plant leaf.  Monarch Butterfly eggs are only laid on the Milkweed plant; however, there are around one hundred (100) varieties.  I am only the size of the head of a straight pin.  I will stay in my shell for one to five days (1-5).  I will begin to grow and develop.  As I grow, I will break out and the shell will become my first meal; as I will eat it before moving onto eating leaves.…
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Monarch Butterfly Garden

Monarch Butterfly Garden

"Monarch Butterflies" lay "eggs on Milkweed" plants only.  As well the Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar only eats the Milkweed plant leaves.  Both the Monarch and the plant are disappearing from across the United States.  I have taken to planting Milkweed whenever and wherever possible.  There are several varieties and they differ  depending on the region. I am utilizing "Butterfly Milkweed" (pictured above) and "Swamp Milkweed" ("Swamp Milkweed photo").   I was fortunate, one day taking "B Roll" footage in the backyard, to capture a Monarch laying an egg. Granted the footage is shaky as I was utilizing the camera handheld and extreme zoom;…
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