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Posts Tagged: chrysalids

Monarch Butterflies: Eight Is Not Nearly Enough

A monarch ecloses on Tuesday, Dec. 27 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Back in March of 1977, ABC launched a TV comedy-drama series titled "Eight Is Enough." It was about a Sacramento, Calif., family with eight children. The journalist/father, Tom Bradford, wrote a column for the fictitious Sacramento Register. "Eight Is...

Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Well, Hello There, Tiny Monarch Caterpillar!

Newest monarch caterpillar retrieved today (Nov. 29) from tropical milkweed in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Talk about not getting the memo. We walked into our little pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif., this afternoon to cut a few tropical milkweed stems to feed the indoor caterpillars, and there, hidden beneath a leaf, was a tiny caterpillar. Well,...

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 4:35 PM

Counting Chickens, Counting Chrysalids

This monarch chrysalis, hanging outdoors in a hamper, is apparently not viable. It turned from jade green to back on Nov. 15.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Counting butterflies before they eclose from their chrysalids is sort of like counting chickens before they hatch. We've done both: raised chickens and reared butterflies. Fact is, you never know if a butterfly will eclose. The old adage of "Don't...

Posted on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 7:48 PM

Monarchs on the Move

A Monarch nectaring on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The Monarchs are on the move. In the late summer and early fall, the Monarchs (Danaus plexippus) head for the California coastline or central Mexico to overwinter. "Monarchs west of the Rocky Mountains travel to small groves of trees along the...

Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 8:35 PM
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