This was #2 chr that I had to remove from the 2 leaves...it's a girl! From here on out they all enclosed while Juniper was here for a week visit. She was able to release all 5. Pretty exciting. On one of our outings to the creek to play in the water we saw these guy: A Northern Tiger Swallowtail with a Pipevine Swallowtail.
When we returned from out water outing she released this one.
So, within 3 days 5 monarchs were released. 3 males and 2 females. All healthy in spite of me bringing them in as very small caterpillars. That in its self is amazing. I know I can not save them all...but by gosh I will help the ones I can. *smile*
Here is a tidbit of info. I want to share with you.
The monarch caterpillar grows inside the egg for about 4 days. It then munches milkweed and grows as a monarch caterpillar (larvae) for about 2 more weeks. The caterpillar's life inside the chrysalis (pupa) lasts about 9-14 days and its wonderful life as an adult butterfly lasts from 2 – 6 weeks.
I'll return in a few weeks...lots more to come. The fall migration is around the corner. *smile*