I gasped. I blinked. I couldn’t imagine my eyes. I had by no means seen this type of butterfly earlier than and it landed proper in entrance of me in my new backyard in Grand Manan. I discovered it was a Nice Spangled Fritillary. I bear in mind being simply tickled by the title—like one thing out of a storybook. That was once I first fell in love with butterflies, about 15 years in the past. I began planting butterfly bushes and including milkweed. That’s when the Monarch butterflies began to grace me with their enchanting presence. I didn’t know anybody else creating butterfly gardens on the time, so I used to be actually winging it.
I watched and discovered from them. And now I’m sort of a Monarch midwife. I acquire the eggs (leaving them on the leaves) that they lay on the underside of my milkweed and put them in large pickle jars, 4 to a jar. I transfer them into what was once a shed however is now additionally a monarch nursery. When the eggs hatch into caterpillars all they do is eat and poop so on a regular basis I empty the poop and add contemporary leaves. Then within the subsequent stage of the method often known as metamorphosis, the caterpillar types a pupa, which hangs from the higher aspect of the jar. After just a few extra weeks the pupa turns black or clear, and I do know it would hatch in 24 hours. After I see the butterfly, I put it out within the solar on a bush the place it stays for a couple of minutes or hours earlier than flying away.
On the proper time, I’ll have 5 or 10 Monarchs directly fluttering round within the backyard and that brings me a lot pleasure.
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