From Bubbles to Butterflies (because of Covid-19)


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Dec 11, 2016
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East-central Wisconsin
I've seen monarchs on the runner bean blossoms this year, but not as many as in years past. Plenty of milkweed all around me, but I try to keep it out of the vegetable garden... its really tough to eliminate once the roots are established.

As a child, I collected & raised several butterflies; Milberts Tortoiseshell, Mourning Cloaks, and of course Monarchs. I raised the caterpillars, so was able to watch them go through their life cycle. It was occasionally more challenging than intended - such as when I trusted my younger brother to feed them while I spent the weekend with my Grandfather, and he left the jars open. :ep This happened just as they were pupating, and a lot of them escaped & pupated everywhere. He & I were unable to find them all. In mid-Winter, they hatched, and suddenly there were about a dozen butterflies flying in the house. Mother thought it was cute, Father was not amused. My brother & I thought it was hilarious. :lol:

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