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Old 07-05-2019, 03:01 PM   #16
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Re: Monarch Butterflies.


Saw this in Omnimax about a half dozen years ago. Worth seeing.

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Re: Monarch Butterflies.


I'm glad to know they're still in California. I saw a lot as a child. They don't seem to be in the Central Valley, that I've seen. Maybe it's the farm pesticides?
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It may not be the pesticides as much as the plowing and the cattle. If you wipeout the milkweed population, you aren’t going to have resident monarchs.
I’d try looking up in the foothills of east of you, may spot some up there.

While I’ve seen various references to migrants in the Central Valley, i am not sure as to the accuracy of those. I think The Valley can get too cold in the winter. At best, you might see some of the migrants passing thru in the September-October period. The migrants would probably be on succulent flowers, not milkweed.

All of the winter habitats I know of are on the Coast.
Here is a list of the various public access sites from Monarchwatch.org They do not list sites on private property.
Note their population estimates are from 97/98, and may be different today.
https://www.monarchwatch.org/download/pdf/where.pdf
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Old 07-05-2019, 06:56 PM   #19
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Hmm.

In the east milkweed has taken a huge hit, from what I've heard. Glyphosate, general eradication efforts, all that.

But the genus Asclepias still thrives in gardens, as "Butterfly Weed."

Plant some?
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Can you eat them? Any good Monarch recipes?
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Well, for what it's worth, Dad, brother and me used to go to "the milkweed patch" down by the railroad tracks and there was milkweed, and trains, and caterpillars galore.
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Someone posted a video this morning. Wow, it's beautiful.

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Went for a long ride yesterday to have a special lunch with the wife, 3 hour round trip but beautiful. Restaurant is on the edge of Mooshead Lake and the food brings back memories for us. Anyway, passed several large fields with small x-mas trees and it looked like the farmers had broadcast milkweed seeds in the middle of several. Traveling too fast to get a good luck but sure looked like it.

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Ok, the head groundskeeper is outside hunting down Monarch eggs.
He watch the Mom to this egg - lay her egg, then he snipped the leaf...
itís now going into the butterfly house.

He asked me to circle the egg so that he could watch it.
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Can you eat them? Any good Monarch recipes?
I've heard if you eat them, then at the stroke of midnight you turn back into a caterpillar.
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we had 12 emerge (chrysalis to adult butterfly) this morning - a new record for us. The missus collected 17 eggs/young caterpillars from one day from the same weed patch so they are likely all siblings.
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Youíre ahead of us..none are chrysalis yet.
We have them in different stages...the head groundskeeper
watches where the females lay their eggs...Then waits awhile
until heís sure the eggs are stuck to the leaves before picking
off the leaves. As you know, if you pick them to soon, the eggs fall off.

lenaitch, give it another try at planting the milkweed. My guy said
he just yanked it out bare root, (many years ago) brought it
home and stuck it in the back yard...Itís an invasive weed...comes
up every year like a weed. It attracts so many Monarch to
our backyard.

Do you have black mourning cloak butterflies?
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Youíre ahead of us..none are chrysalis yet.
We have them in different stages...the head groundskeeper
watches where the females lay their eggs...Then waits awhile
until heís sure the eggs are stuck to the leaves before picking
off the leaves. As you know, if you pick them to soon, the eggs fall off.

lenaitch, give it another try at planting the milkweed. My guy said
he just yanked it out bare root, (many years ago) brought it
home and stuck it in the back yard...Itís an invasive weed...comes
up every year like a weed. It attracts so many Monarch to
our backyard.

Do you have black mourning cloak butterflies?

Can't say I've seen any. Pretty. Most common around here are White Admiral, Red Admiral, Swallowtail and Cabbage (I think).
I may try the planting again but we don't need to - we have lots around in 'rough ground' (ditches, vacant lots, etc.). My next job is trying to find a sunnier spot for our rhubarb.
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