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My Monarch Butterfly Babies

I went outside to find that I am the proud foster mom of endangered Monarch butterfly babies! Several of them on the milkweed I planted.

(You can read about my project on this blog. http://bit.ly/1nCtNIF )

Bless them that they grow to adulthood and make future generations.

2014 Monarch Babies in The Gardens of 333

2014 Monarch Babies in The Gardens of 333

 

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Migrating Monarchs Stop By The Gardens of 333

The Butterfly Sanctuary in The Gardens of 333 ©Eileen Anglin www.whiterosepath.com

Monarchs in The Gardens of 333 ©Eileen Anglin http://www.whiterosepath.com

I took these photos of Monarchs on their way south towards a major migration route in Cape May, New Jersey. They took a break in my yard and the gardens I created to help them survive. (See previous posts on my Save the Monarch Project.)

Monarchs in The Gardens of 333 ©Eileen Anglin www.whiterosepath.com

Monarch on Zinnia ©Eileen Anglin http://www.whiterosepath.com

This happened 2 weeks ago, but just now getting a chance to post about it. I can’t tell you how thrilling it was to have them come into the sanctuary I created as they make their long trek south.

Monarchs in The Gardens of 333 ©Eileen Anglin www.whiterosepath.com

Monarchs in The Gardens of 333 ©Eileen Anglin http://www.whiterosepath.com

If you have been following my blog and my little backyard project,  you know the Monarchs are in serious decline. The photos I took were of four individuals that I saw that day. I don’t know if four is an encouraging number or not, as I am pretty new to all of this.

Monarchs in The Gardens of 333 ©Eileen Anglin www.whiterosepath.com

Monarch on Zinnia ©Eileen Anglin http://www.whiterosepath.com

What I do know is that the monarch larvae that were in my garden this year ( if they survived the many preying mantis I have around here) will come back to me in the spring, like kids coming home to where they were born and raised.

Monarch on Zinnia ©Eileen Anglin www.whiterosepath.com

Monarch on Zinnia ©Eileen Anglin http://www.whiterosepath.com

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And that my friends, is a beautiful thing.

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©Eileen Anglin

Eileen Anglin, award winning Angelic Energy Artist, Certified Integrative Coach Professional™ specializing in Breakthrough Shadow Coaching. Founder of The Path of the White Rose® LLC. author, teacher and Earth Activist.

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My Save The Monarch Project: We Have Caterpillars….

Yesterday I was walking in the yard, filling the bird feeders and just taking a look at everything. Every morning I do what we call “a spin” with a cup of coffee in my hand and look at the status of things. I was looking at the garden square that I have made the “butterfly sanctuary” and lo and behold! Monarch caterpillars on the milkweed!

There were three of them visible to me.

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Monarch butterfly caterpillar on tropical milkweed plant. Eileen Anglin. http://www.whiterosepath.com

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Monarch butterfly caterpillar on tropical milkweed plant. Eileen Anglin. http://www.whiterosepath.com

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My Butterfly Sanctuary Garden Square in The Gardens of 333

A few hours afterwards, I came back out to take a look and one was missing, and another one crawling away from the plant. I can tell I am going to be an anxious butterfly mom. I put it back on the milkweed. I also saw that one of the plants they were munching on was already stripped bare.

We are going to need more milkweed. I definitely don’t have enough, and the thought of them running out of food will be hard on me.

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Milkweed Stripped Bare by Monarch larvae Within Hours

So, I came inside to get more information on what to do.

Here are some websites with useful information on their behaviors, what to do and what not to do, (ahem..hello me) such as leaving them alone. They need to hide and be still while going through their life cycle, and also, spiders such as the little guys we affectionately call “Jumpieswill get to them. We have a lot of those and I need to be at peace with that as that is Nature’s way.

But I also looked to see where I can get milkweed cuttings FAST. I definitely don’t have enough. Let’s hope they get here and I can establish them fast enough for these hungry babies growing up in The Gardens of 333.

Seeds and Cuttings at low cost:

http://www.livemonarch.com

Learn About Monarchs:

http://www.learnaboutmonarchs.com/monarchbutterflyfaqs.html

Monarch FAQ:

http://www.mymonarchguide.com

My “Save the Monarchs” Butterfly Backyard Project

I was driving around the beautiful New Jersey Shore when I heard on National Public Radio that the Monarch butterfly populations were in serious decline. The reason? What else? Pesticides, GMO’s and land development! One more things of beauty in the ecosystem that is collapsing due to humans acting unconsciously.

When I got home, I read the in depth articles below.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/03/20/f-monarch-butterfly.html

Monarch Butterflies Numbers Down Again Source: Science Daily

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/03/130318-monarch-butterflies-animals-science-environment-nation/

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2011/01/milkweed-for-butterflies.html

I suggest you read them, but sufficed to say, milkweed is the plant the monarch larvae feed on and it’s disappearing. One way we can help them is to plant milkweed in our own gardens and landscapes. You know me, I go on a crusade. I’m the Joan of Arc of Nature….so that is exactly what I’m going to do. And I’ll blog my experience for you.

Won’t you join me?  I invite you to join my “Save the Monarchs” Butterfly Backyard Project and blog about it too. Be sure to post your links in my comments section and let’s do this!

This is where I purchased the seeds.
http://www.butterflyencounters.com/

The company was mentioned in the article I read. The website has a lot of useful information and detailed descriptions of the different milkweed plants.

Important Precaution: One thing I wasn’t aware of was milkweed has a toxic substance to it’s sap, which protects the butterfly that eats it, so you have to be careful handling it and seek medical attention if ingested or if it gets into your eyes. Read more about the precautions on the Butterfly Encounters website.

So, where am I at with my little project right now? My order came quickly and I have planted the seeds in seed starting flats outside.

 

 

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