Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Kentucky...monarch discovered... what to do?

Views: 287, Replies: 2 » Jump to the end
Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Native Plants and Wildflowers Miniature Gardening Organic Gardener Frogs and Toads Dog Lover
Birds Vegetable Grower Spiders! Hummingbirder Butterflies Critters Allowed
Image
UrbanWild
Nov 23, 2017 2:55 PM CST
While ripping out tomato vines I found a monarch chrysalis. Milkweeds are nearby. Since we had a few hard freezes, I brought it inside just in case. It was already pretty well developed. A fresh female emerged a couple of days ago. It has beena little too cool for flight so I've kept it caged. We have a few days of near 60 and sunny coming so I'm hoping to release then. Any tips for trying to keep it alive until then? She looks a little shaky at this time.
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit." [“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero in Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro. 46 BCE
Name: Judy
Mid Atlantic Coastal Plain USA (Zone 7b)
Butterflies
MariposaMaid
Nov 24, 2017 5:13 PM CST
Texas Butterfly Ranch has some suggestions on feeding while awaiting better weather for release. Good luck.
http://texasbutterflyranch.com...
Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Native Plants and Wildflowers Miniature Gardening Organic Gardener Frogs and Toads Dog Lover
Birds Vegetable Grower Spiders! Hummingbirder Butterflies Critters Allowed
Image
UrbanWild
Dec 7, 2017 10:28 PM CST
Update: Released around noon on a sunny 60 degree day on flowering gray coneflower. Gone 2 hours later. 5 days of sunny 60s after that. Hope and a prayer.
Always looking for interesting plants for pollinators and food! Bonus points for highly, and pleasantly scented plants.

"Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, nihil deerit." [“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”] -- Marcus Tullius Cicero in Ad Familiares IX, 4, to Varro. 46 BCE

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by plantmanager and is called "Blue My Mind"