Monday, 25 May 2015

It's All About Monarchs

It is super late in the Monarch Butterfly season and we still have caterpillars! We have taken quite a few into our warm lounge along with a bunch of swan plant branches for food. We then had caterpillars marching around the lounge looking for a place to settle to chrysalis. Two even chose the lounge ceiling as a place to hang.




The end result is that we have released a number of beautiful Monarchs back to the wilds.
It is a tough life for them now that we have that little black wasp that eats the eggs and caterpillars earlier in the season but not apparently this late. The South African Preying Mantis also has a voracious appetite for caterpillars.

End result we have caterpillars and butterflies at last. Wonderful!

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