July 23, 2020

We were honored again with a visit from a mama monarch yesterday.

After resting on the Chiapas salvia for a while, she made her rounds of the milkweed plants, laying eggs on them.

Although our days have been very cloudy for almost a week, we usually have sunny breezy aft...

July 20, 2020

What a wonderful surprise to discover this male monarch visiting our garden!

We first noticed him sipping the nectar from several flower heads of red valerian plants growing near our kitchen door.

By the time I got my camera, he was happily flying in the breeze.

And then...

July 16, 2020

Some of the milkweed plants have had a chance to produce new leaves after the onslaught of monarch caterpillars last month.

Mama monarch's efforts are once again rewarded.

These two little ones are now munching away on the narrow leaf milkweed Asclepias fascicularis.

As y...

July 9, 2020

The day after the second monarch, a male, emerged and flew away, the third chrysalis was in a hurry to eclose.

In the late morning, this chrysalis was a dark green, but not dark enough to indicate signs of eclosing the same day. Imagine our surprise when we checked on i...

July 7, 2020

This male monarch pupated beneath the lip of a large pot containing a rose plant.

He is number two of our emerged monarchs and eclosed a couple of days ago.

You can see his empty chrysalis shell in the background.

After he dried his wings it was time to find a good place...

July 3, 2020

How exciting to see the chrysalides preparing to eclose!

This is chrysalis number two.

We check them several times a day, just to try to estimate when the happy event would happen.

Are they turning dark green, or is it a trick of the light?

And then the question is if the...

July 1, 2020

Aha! Another monarch chrysalis.

This one is on the same shrub as another chrysalis that I observed last week.

When you're patient and persistent enough, with a trained eye you'll discover so many wonders of nature.

Since at least twenty monarch caterpillars ate their way...

June 18, 2020

Oh what a wondrous sight!

Yesterday the first monarch, a female, emerged from her chrysalis.

The day before I noticed that the chrysalis was suddenly very dark, but I thought it would take at least another full day for the monarch to emerge.

Around 2.30 in the afternoon...

June 17, 2020

Currently there are at least four monarch chrysalides around the patio, all within the vicinity of the potted milkweed plants, where they were born and fed on the leaves.

The chrysalides aren't usually immediately noticeable, and once we see them, they are a wonder to b...

June 15, 2020

Oh my, how voracious the monarch caterpillars can be.

Our milkweed plants are all in pots, but a Davis Showy Milkweed decided to grow up right outside of the pot, and in no time the monarch caterpillars found it, although Mama Monarch laid just one egg on it.

These two a...

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