Update On The Monarch Rescue

8/15/15 I found a tiny caterpillar and a tiny egg.

8/16/15  My egg hatched!   I now have 2 small cats, plus I found another (possible?) egg.  (I say possible because I am not very good at recognizing Monarch eggs!)

8/17/15 One cat is MIA (could the other cat have eaten it?)  but the other one has grown a lot!  (Hmmmmmmm).  I found another cat about the same size plus another egg(?).  So my total for today is 2 cats and possibly 2 eggs.

Update:  Found another cat today so that makes 3 cats and 2 eggs.

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I found this cat on 8/15/15. It’s a MIRACLE that I could even see it!

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Here it is on 8/17/15. It is really growing!

Monarch set up

This is my set up. In each smaller container there is a tiny, few day old caterpillar and some fresh leaves to munch on. The two leaves laying on the bottom each have a (possible?) Monarch egg. When the eggs hatch the baby cats will get a small container of their own. Once the cats get bigger I will put them in in my net habitat (hopefully it will arrive soon) where they will stay until they become butterflies.

8/19/15:  I haven’t found any new cats outside for the past 2 days.  My eggs(?) haven’t hatched or changed.  My cats are alive but not growing much..  My butterfly habitat has been shipped but hasn’t arrived yet.  Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr – it’s cold outside.  Mid-August and 57 degrees.  😦

8/20/15 I did not find any more cats today but did find one possible egg.  MY HABITAT ARRIVED!  It is really neat and even came with some Painted Lady Butterfly caterpillars.  It is such a nice set up that I ordered one for my Grandson Patrick’s birthday.  It makes a great educational and fun gift.  Just check out Amazon if you want to order one – I chose the one with a 36″ net habitat.

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This is the habitat.

painted ladycats

This is the little jar of Painted Lady caterpillars that came with the habitat. It is complete with their food.

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My cats 8/19/15

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My babies continue to grow. Here they are on 8/21/15.

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Believe it or not they poop a lot. This is their ‘poop’ aka frass.

8/24/15 No new eggs or cats but the 3 I have are growing and went into the habitat today.  I think they will make their chrysalis’ soon so I put a couple of branches in there for them to climb on when they are ready.

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8/24/15 My big, fat baby!

In the next few days I hope to see each of my 3 Monarch caterpillars form a chrysalis.  I will post more pics on my next post.

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8/24/15 My fat babies getting ready to go into their habitat.

  Have you had any luck attracting Monarchs to your yard?  If not have you noticed Milkweed in your neighbors yards, local parks or roadsides? Have you tried rescuing and releasing any?  I hope you will give it a try!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barbara Faust
    Aug 25, 2015 @ 13:33:31

    No, I have not come across any milkweed to scrutinize for eggs or baby cats and it gets worse–yesterday the vehicle I was a passenger in came in contact with a lovely, slow moving adult…

    I applaud your efforts to enlighten your followers as to why we must try and insure at least some of their eggs turn into adult Monarchs. Other’s ARE joining the battle in unusual ways like the decorative name and address labels I recently received that also contained stickers that said;

    “Mr & Mrs. Faust, you can help Monarch butterflies by planting milkweed in your garden!”

    Your Habitat surely is a conversational starter when new guests arrive and wonder; “WHAT THE HECK IS THAT HANGING IN YOUR WINDOW?”

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