Monarch Tagging

Tagged Monarch Butterfly Monarch butterflies finally showed up in my back yard, although not near as many as last year. It's always thrilling to see them knowing this generation of Monarchs are on their way to Mexico. A net was used to catch this one. My daughter deftly tagged it and recorded the date, place … Continue reading Monarch Tagging

Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Rest Stop First of July and the butterfly garden looks to be in good shape. In full bloom are Gaillardia (yellow), miniature Cone Flower (pink) and Soapwort (white), commonly called "Bouncing Betty". Behind these colorful perennials are Common Milkweed, where Monarch Butterfly lay their eggs. Also, Goldenrod, Nebraska's state flower, and giant Sunflower. I'm … Continue reading Butterfly Garden

Ready for Take Off

This is the Black Swallowtail butterfly that was clinging to the railing of my deck.  (click here).  I just rotated the image 90 degrees to get a level front view.  It reminded me of a large airplane at the end of the runway. Since then, it has snowed almost 4 inches; hope he got cleared … Continue reading Ready for Take Off

DP-1 Lift Off

I started this little science project with a Monarch larva (caterpillar) on August 11th, when  DP-1 was less than 1/4" long.   It grew to over 1 1/2" long before it pupated on August 29th. After ten days in the pupa stage, a magnificent female Monarch butterfly hatched around noon on September 8th.  When we opened the … Continue reading DP-1 Lift Off