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Releasing Monarchs

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By Diohio


Releasing Monarchs (Asclepias syriaca Common Milkweed)

I've been busy raising Monarchs again this summer. Today I had 2 males and 2 females eclose. Here I'm releasing 2 males and a female.



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Wow, Diohio! They're beautiful :)

10 Sep, 2008

 

wow again, brilliant Diohio

10 Sep, 2008

 

Amazing.

10 Sep, 2008

Ams
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You must have a magical attraction.

10 Sep, 2008

 

How many do you usually raise? and they are beautiful :)

13 Sep, 2008

 

Diohio, this is fascinating.
Any chance of you writing a blog about this ?

13 Sep, 2008

 

Thanks everyone !
Xela if you look on page 17 of my pics I have the entire Monarch life cycle. I've never written a blog and I'm not even sure how to write one, and I wouldn't want to add the same pics that I've already posted.........otherwise I'd be glad to. I guess I could just write one without pics>>?? I kinda explain under each photo though.

Sandy the number of Monarchs I raise is different each year, depending on how many eggs and caterpillars I find on my milkweed. A few years ago I tackled over 600 and that was WAY too much. I barely had time to sleep. Most years it's between 50 and 100. And then I also raise Black Swallowtails, Eastern Commas, Question Marks, Red Admirals and a few different moths. I love the Giant Silk moths.

13 Sep, 2008

 

OMG 600!!!! that is crazy how do you have time for all of them!!

14 Sep, 2008

 

I didn't have any time when I had 600+. I also had Regal moths that year and I only got a few hours sleep every night. It really was crazy. The good thing about the Commas, Question Marks and Red Admirals is I have huge pots of Wood Nettle and when the butterflies come to lay their eggs on them I can either let them be or I can net the whole plant, pot and all, to protect them from preditors. Then when they eclose I just let them fly free from the net.

15 Sep, 2008

 

Amazing, what a wonderful, benefical hobby you have ! Thanks for sharing !

21 Sep, 2008

 

I agree, Flcrazy! Just amazing, Di.... thanks for showing us what you do. How are the fawns and turkey poults doing?

6 Oct, 2008

 

Thanks everyone !
Lori, we've only had 4-6 deer show up the past few months. Punkers and her one fawn. I don't know what's up with that because she had 3 fawns last year.......she had two this spring and must have lost one somehow. We usually have 6-10 fawns coming in but this year only that one. I hope we don't have the wild dog problem again. I haven't seen any so far.

I havn't seen the turkey poult for about a month now. I have a feeling that once it starts getting cold they're all show up.

6 Oct, 2008

 

My cousin (the beef farmer) was telling me that the wolves are getting very brave this year...following the does into the fields. He watched as the doe tried to draw the wolf away from where she left her fawn in the tall hay. He said it seemed to work for a while and then the wolf doubled back on her trail. He keeps a rifle nearby...he fired a shot into the air...and the wolf went back into the bush while the doe and fawn went opposite directions.He said he saw them together later up on the ridge.. lucky for her it was a lone wolf... not the pack training the young to hunt or it might have ended differently. He says the gobblers up there are getting plentiful and many are being killed on the roads.

6 Oct, 2008

 

Oh my Lori ! I'd imagine that many a fawn is taken by wolves. That's nature I'm afraid. We don't have wolves here but I did hear the coyotes howling the other night when I took my dog out. I don't know if a coyote would try to tackle a fawn or not.
When we first moved here 14 years ago we had a wild dog problem.........too many people dropping off unwanted dogs and they formed a pack.

8 Oct, 2008

 

too bad, aye? One evil spawns another.... what a wolf can do...a dog can do also! Cayotes are becoming a problem here as well...they are spreading north and east and they are pretty canny creatures, putting pressure on the wolf, hare, fox and deer populations who had their own balance until the cayotes showed up... only takes one facet to overweigh the situation and then there is collapse.. Like the old commercial said: "It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature!"

8 Oct, 2008

 

The coyotes here take down deer in packs...we have no wolf population at all but we do have cougar that have taken full size deer down in a neighbors yard. Nobody leaves cats or dogs out at night.

26 Oct, 2008

 

Catfinch, I'll bet that's what they're doing here. I just heard that a lot of people in my area are losing cats and dogs to the coyotes. That's scarey !

28 Oct, 2008

 

Folks aren't used to thinking of conservation as a double edged sword... feed the deer...they become too plentiful, diseased and weak...the wolves feed on the deer and they become plentiful and the same cycle repeats in the wolf population..natural cycles get out of whack and next thing you know there's a collapse!
.I've heard from relatives out west that cougars will follow people and stalk children! Imagine the pressure they must be under if they are changing the predatory habits...?
Went on an excursion last week end and saw six deer in fields beside the highway and a pair of moose beside the freeway, a road killed mink, raccoon, and skunk...so nature is mobilizing for spring! too bad there is so much carnage on the highways.

15 Mar, 2009

 

WOW!

29 Sep, 2009



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