Saturday, August 7, 2010

6 Big Fat Guys

Over the past few days we have found 6 different guys caught lurking around. Not all at once. First, there were 2 of them and the other 4 were slinking around by themselves. It was so creepy.

Ok, so it wasn't creepy like you were thinking. It was creepy crawly creepy.

Currently we have 6 monarch caterpillars. One guy had already made his chrysalis. We are so excited.
One of the things I was really upset about when we moved away from our house in MN was that we would have no more milkweed. We would always get a few stray plants in our garden.
Now your typical gardener would be really upset about having
this weed in their garden but, we loved it. I think every year we lived in that house the kids were able to find caterpillars and take care of them until they were butterflies and ready for release.

I was overjoyed when I found milkweed growing in our yard this spring.

Granted when I found these guys I was in the process of spraying r
oundup on our beloved milkweed. Not all of it. Don't worry. Just the stuff in front of the house. We need some grass.

I hope to post pics and video of our butterfly release day.

The only pic, of old release days, I could find was one of Johnsie back in 2008.


Ticia said...

I'm jealous. The only caterpillars we found were on my tomato plant, and those don't make pretty butterflies, just something that destroys my tomatoes.

Christy said...

We have never caught our own caterpillars and watched them change. We always order ours from Insect Lore. I think it's pretty cool to catch them yourself.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Very exciting! We always seem to find neat caterpillars on the parsley plants in our garden.

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

YEWWWW!!!! You are a much better mom than I am. I need to suck it up. With three boys I better get used to the bugs.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner