Sunday, July 18, 2010

39 and Counting

Hello Fellow Monarch Enthusiasts,

I just wanted to give you a brief update.  Daily, the Monarchs from Wave 3 are emerging, and we are promptly releasing them every evening.  My two year old daughter Laura Ann enjoyed releasing them, and my nine year old son does too.  Yesterday, we released one mail that emerged.  Today, four more emerged - 3 females and one male!  I am so happy to see some more females.  We have had so many males this season.

This evening, we released the four Monarchs, and the kids really enjoyed this.  My little girl waves bye and gives each one a farewell greeting.

Additionallly, I noticed 3 more Queen caterpillars on my outdoor Milkweed plants.  Since they don't eat nearly as much as the Monarchs do, they are no real threat to my Milkweed plants, and I do not bother them.  Hopefully, no predators will get them.

I am hoping to have a good number of Monarchs to release this fall.  Timing is everything.  I sure hope that some of my tagged Monarchs will make it to Mexico and be found by the researchers next Spring.  How very exciting that would be.

So, our total releases to date is 39!  We only have one left from the 3rd wave to emerge.  Then, wave 4 will begin.

Happy Monarching!

Caleb & Janae Warren

1 comment:

  1. Putting tags on butterflies sounds hard. How in the world do you go about that? Or is that covered in some part of this blog that I have missed? LOL.