Category Archives: Caterpillars

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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Twenty Monarch Butterflies Released In Last Two Days

I have a couple of exciting news items to share (at least they’re exciting to me).  I made an impulse buy over the holidays and bought a new Canon EF 70-200 f2.8 II lens.  From most of the reviews I’ve read on the web, this lens gets rave reviews.  Since I sold my 100-400mm lens […]

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Monarch Butterflies And Caterpillars Around The Yard

We still have lots of Monarch Butterflies flying around the yard and even more Monarch Caterpillars.  Most of the Butterflies look very clean, not like they have been migrating for several hundred miles so I’m assuming these are new releases. What I’ve also noticed is that these Butterflies are mating, and in the case of […]

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Monarch Caterpillars Suddenly Appear!

Houston, we have a problem!  I found 5 Monarch Caterpillars today.  The problem with that is that I’ve been on vacation all week and I’ve never seen any Monarch Butterflies.  Leecy gets home well before dark, and she hasn’t seen any Monarch Butterflies either.  So where did they come from?  Were they Monarchs migrating from […]

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Sunshine Brings Out Hungry Monarch Caterpillars

What a difference a day makes!  Today was a beautiful day, nothing but sunshine.  That, in turn, brought out the hungry Monarch Caterpillars. I was totally surprised when I went outside to check on them and found out that they were clustering on the two remaining Milkweed plants they had not already devoured.  I’m going […]

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Monarch Butterfly Enclosure Now Protecting Over 50 Caterpillars

I had no idea we had so many Monarch Caterpillars!  Because of their size, I decided it would be in the best interest of their safety if I moved them to our Butterfly Enclosure. There are six Milkweed plants in the Enclosure.  With so many Monarch Caterpillars, I don’t expect these plants to have many […]

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Monarch Caterpillars, Cedar Waxwings, And Baby Chickadees

Just a brief update tonight since I am getting home late.  I’ll be posting lots of pictures this weekend, especially since we now have lots of Monarch Caterpillars. I just checked some of our Milkweed plants tonight, and many of them are covered in Monarch Caterpillars.  The picture below is just one plant (and not […]

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Eastern Black Swallowtail And Monarch Caterpillars

I got home while there was still a little bit of daylight left, so I grabbed my camera to take some pictures of the Butterfly Caterpillars we have. First are the Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillars.  We have quite a few of these now, we’ve counted around 20, but our Fennel is so thick, I’m sure […]

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Butterflies, Snakes, Birds, and Other Misc Items

I know I’ve been posting lots of bird pictures, but the Butterfly pictures are coming as well.  We have lots of little Monarch Caterpillars right now from the single female that we saw a couple of weeks ago.  We also have lots of little Caterpillars from the Eastern Black Swallowtail.  I simply ran out of […]

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January Monarch Butterflies Released

I released 3 Monarch Butterflies today (they eclosed three days ago).  Two of the Butterflies immediately flew away as soon as they were released, but one Male Monarch decided to hang around and sun himself. Speaking of Monarch Butterflies, we currently have 8 Chrysalises, 2 Caterpillars (who are likely sick..I’ll explain shortly), and 4 adult […]

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More Monarch Caterpillars Found

We have 18 Monarch Caterpillars, 9 are Chrysalises.  We even found more Caterpillars on the outdoor Milkweed which was surprising since the temperature got down to 22F last week. Since the weather is supposed to be in the 60’s until the weekend, we are leaving the ones we found outside in the outdoor Butterfly enclosure. […]

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Too Cold To Release The Monarchs

We have two Monarchs that are in our indoor Butterfly enclosure.  It didn’t even make it to 50 degrees today, but I simply had to try and get a few photos of Butterflies with this rented lens I am using. We placed this male Monarch on this Pine branch.  He was very anxious to fly […]

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December 2010 Monarch Butterfly Garden Update

I don’t have any pictures to share tonight but I thought I’d provide an update on our Butterfly Garden, particularly with the Monarchs. Strangely enough, we have quite a few Monarch Butterflies right now.  We’ve been releasing 1-2 Monarchs per day for the last couple of weeks.  In a way, this makes some sense.  In […]

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