Category Archives: Monarch

Raising Monarch Caterpillars in Winter

Someone asked me to post an update to this since I made reference to it on Facebook.  A couple of weeks ago, until just yesterday, it has been very cold and rainy in Houston.  On a few of those days it was supposed to be below freezing so I moved my Milkweed plants to the […]

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Cold Weather And Monarch Caterpillars

I was asked recently about Monarch Caterpillars and cold weather. Generally I have found that the caterpillars do just fine as long as it’s above freezing, but if it’s supposed to be below freezing I take some extra precautions. I have several of those small containers that you get at the pet store that house […]

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Ruby Throated Hummingbirds And Monarch Butterflies Arrive

I guess it might be pure coincidence, or perhaps something related to the wind and weather, but both the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds and the Monarch Butterflies were sighted today.  I saw 3 Monarch Butterflies (no pictures unfortunately as I was driving), and when I got home, I noticed a familiar sound I haven’t heard since […]

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Ready For Birds And Butterflies Fall Migration?

Are you ready for the Fall Migration of Birds and Monarch Butterflies?  Fall officially starts on September 22, but the migration for many animals and insects have already begun. Journey South (for the Fall migration. For the Spring migration it’s called Journey North) has published it’s second update for the annual Monarch Butterfly migration (http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/fall2013/update090513.html).  […]

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New Generation Of Monarch Butterflies Begins With Caution

The Monarch Butterflies have all left Mexico and sightings across Texas are becoming common.  It may sound like the “same ol” “same ol” but it’s not.  In my yard I have seen perhaps only 3 Monarch Butterflies.  Journey North and other Monarch Butterfly watchers reported that the population of Butterflies in Mexico this year was […]

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Bluebirds and Butterfly Caterpillars

Took a couple of pictures of the male and female Eastern Bluebird as they came down to feed on mealworms.  The male traditionally eats first, but leaves plenty for the female   Finally I took a walk around the yard to see what else I could find.  I was surprised that I have about 10 […]

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Spring Is In The Air With Birds, Butterflies, and Bees

I’ve got lots of news to share (especially since it’s been so long since I have posted), but only 1 picture. Let me start with what all is occurring in the backyard. The Monarch Butterflies have arrived, but unfortunately I’ve only seen 1-2. The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds just arrived today (March 19).  There is one […]

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The Migrating Monarch Butterflies Have Arrived!

The Monarch Butterflies are definitely migrating through Texas on their way to Mexico.  I’ve been seeing 2-3 butterflies per day.  All of them are feeding on the nectar plants.  Strangely enough, I haven’t seen any male Monarchs, strictly females.

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First Migrating Monarch Butterfly Of Fall 2012

i saw my first confirmed sighting of a migrating Monarch Butterfly today.  It was well worn color-wise, and had a few tears on the wings.  I didn’t have time to try and tag the Butterfly, but I’m hopeful it will be around tomorrow. The experts are predicting another dire year for the Monarchs because of […]

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Monarch And Queen Butterflies In The Garden

I actually thought I posted this pictures last night, but I guess I just uploaded them and forgot to create a blog post. It’s a little early for the Monarch Butterflies to have already made it down to Houston as part of their migration, so I have to assume these are local Monarchs.  There is […]

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Ordered Your Monarch Tagging Kit Yet?

Just a friendly reminder, but if you haven’t ordered your Monarch Watch Tagging kit, you should probably do that soon because they do tend to run out.  The link for ordering is here (I have no association with them).  I just received mine this weekend (I ordered 100). If you’re new to Butterflies, and particularly […]

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Butterflies and Dragonflies In The Summer

We’re in the dog days of summer where temperatures are in the upper 90’s and the heat index is around 104-108 degrees.  It’s also the time that whenever I take my lens outside I can expect a bit of a wait before I can start shooting due to the condensation on the lens. Presently we […]

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Sigma 180mm f2.8 Macro Lens Review

Let me start off by saying I had very high hopes for this lens and I have no bias against Sigma.  I’m also not an expert, so feel free to take my review with a grain of salt.  In short, I am returning this lens.  I’m just not loving it, and to my eyes, the […]

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Butterflies Love The Butterfly Bush

Our Butterfly Bush is really starting to bloom now with big purple flowers.  That has attracted both the Hummingbirds (Ruby Throat) and the Butterflies.  This one particular Monarch Butterfly was feasting up a storm on this plant.  I think it was also on a bit of a sugar high as this crazy Butterfly was chasing […]

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