Tuesday June 5th: I came home today to a beautiful sight! 8 healthy monarch butterflies all lined up in a row ready to go! Lee and I realeased 2 female and 6 males. When we were done I looked one last time in the aqauarium and Surpise! One more female hiding in between the sheets of paper towel.
Wed. June 6th: I came home from work today and the last 2 of my first group of monarch hatched. So all 18 of my first batch hatched and out the door! Healthy butterflies too!
I have about 55 more chrysalis' outside in the caterpillar house. They should begin hatching in a few days.
During the high temps of Memorial Day weekend I did loose 9 caterpillars to the heat. I hope to bounce back in my numbers later in the month.
I have not collected any eggs since May 22. So it seems (to Butterfly Guru Bob) that this first wave was way early and just passing through. So the butterflies we release this week and on will stick around, mate and lay eggs. I am hoping the egg collecting picks up next week.
The milkweed is starting to bloom! If you see it or have it in your garden go and look for caterpillars and smell the beautiful fragrance!