Can’t get enough of that Silver Lake milkweed nectar

Photo by Sandy Driscoll

SILVER LAKE ––   Thanks to Sandy Driscoll for sending in the photo of the Monarch butterfly that she helped nurture last month as part of efforts to restore butterfly habitats.

The butterfly pictured above was once one of three large caterpillars Driscoll found a little more than a month ago on the milkweed she grows in her Silver Lake garden. She brought them indoors, fed them milkweed leaves, the only thing they eat, Driscoll notes. They each became a chrysalis and stayed that way for 14 days.

Just before Memorial Day weekend, the first one eclosed (opened into a butterfly). Driscoll kept it indoors overnight, and released the male butterfly the following afternoon.

“This is the first Monarch Butterfly I’ve had eclose for more than three months,” she said.  “Seems he [wanted] to want to stick around in my garden for a bit, sipping milkweed nectar.”

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One comment

  1. Fantastic, wonderful, thanks.

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