Sunday, June 20, 2010
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Warren! It's a Girl!
Finally, we have our first emerged butterfly from the second batch, and it's a female Monarch! So, right off the bat, we've equaled the number of females from the first batch. Our current number of caterpillars/chrysalises left is 19. Of those, 1 has emerged, 15 are in chrysalises, 2 are in J Shape, and 1 is still a caterpillar. We are pleased with the success of this second batch. However, we started this batch with 50+ caterpillars. So to lose over half is disheartening. Still, our average is way over the wild's. It makes me wonder, with so many predators and dangers out there, how does the wild population produces 100 million butterflies that make it to Mexico each year? With an average of less than 1 out of every 10 making it to adulthood, the wild must produce literally billions of Monarchs each year to have a successful migration.