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Establishing a Monarch Waystation

By SongofJoy
August 23, 2013

It doesn’t take a lot of space or expense to establish a Monarch Waystation, and the rewards can be great.

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Name: jennifer
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flowersrjen
Aug 25, 2013 9:04 PM CST
I was getting worried. Last year we had so many Monarchs this year I kept seeing only 1. I kept checking and rechecking the milkweed....well FINALLY, today Hurray!
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Aug 26, 2013 4:28 AM CST
Beautiful, Jennifer. Makes me happy too! nodding

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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Aug 26, 2013 4:39 AM CST
Hurray! Good find, Jennifer! Big Grin

I've noticed that the milkweed bugs are on my plants now, so I'm checking them frequently.
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Name: jennifer
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flowersrjen
Aug 26, 2013 7:35 AM CST
Oh yeah found a milkweed bug yesterday too!
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Aug 26, 2013 11:10 AM CST
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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: jennifer
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flowersrjen
Aug 29, 2013 8:56 PM CST
he's getting bigger!
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Aug 29, 2013 11:51 PM CST
Yes indeed. What a fine, fat fellow. Smiling

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Sep 3, 2013 7:02 PM CST
Yay!!! Hurray! Big Grin Hurray!

Two on one Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) plant!



I'm so tickled to see these! Smiling They're the only ones I've spotted so far, but last weekend was busy...kinda surprised that I even noticed these.


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Name: jennifer
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flowersrjen
Sep 3, 2013 8:53 PM CST
Hurray!
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Sep 4, 2013 2:15 AM CST
Beautiful, chelle. nodding
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Sep 13, 2013 3:05 PM CST
And now, not two feet away from the host plant...

...on the underside of a caladium leaf...
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Hurray! ...so at least one cat made it so far.



This one is trying to warm itself up, I think. This morning was quite chilly, and tomorrow's low is going to be downright cold!
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Sep 13, 2013 3:11 PM CST
That is such good news, chelle. It's always encouraging to see them. I hope there's more where that one came from.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Oct 2, 2013 8:02 AM CST
It looks like just one out of the three is going to end up hatching. And of course, I missed it! Hilarious! I noticed the empty husk the morning after my son's big birthday bash, which we hosted here. So the one that did make it flew on his special day! Lovey dubby

I had noticed a large thin bug that looked like a hugely over-sized mosquito on one of the others. It looked like it might have been probing in through the top...do you think this bug might have harmed the ones that aren't hatching?
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Oct 2, 2013 8:17 AM CST
Yes, they can be parasitized, usually by Trachinid Wasps and sometimes by Brachonid Flies. Do you think the bug you saw was either one of those? Great to hear one hatched, chelle ... and on your son's birthday. Very cool. :)

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
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chelle
Oct 2, 2013 8:37 AM CST
The bug I saw was neither of those, but we do have both here in our gardens.

The one I saw on the chrysalis looked a lot like this one http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/crane_fly.htm .

Currently, both of the remaining chrysalis are in their dark stage, but they've been that way for weeks now. I'll check closely today to see if I can visibly detect any abnormal signs without opening them.
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Oct 2, 2013 8:48 AM CST
Hmmm, about the crane flies, I don't think so. That one probably just landed there randomly. It will be interesting to hear what you find out.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Dog Lover Cottage Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Keeps Horses Hummingbirder Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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chelle
Oct 2, 2013 10:36 AM CST
I wasn't able to visually find anything glaringly wrong with the two others, so I guess I'll just leave them be for now. If nothing happens up to the point when the caladiums get killed by frost, I'll dispose of them in the household trash. I don't want to spread anything around that might infect future visitors.
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crittergarden
Feb 26, 2014 1:34 PM CST
Limits sought on weed killer glyphosate (ROUNDUP) to help monarch butterflies

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-monarch-...


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SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Feb 26, 2014 4:00 PM CST
I hope they are successful!!!
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
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crittergarden
Feb 26, 2014 4:28 PM CST
Me, too.
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/

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