Category Archives: Chrysalis

How To Glue A Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis To Protect From Weather And Predators

Hopefully some folks will find this post useful in their Butterfly Gardening. Below is a video that I recorded today of Leecy gluing some Monarch Chrysalises to a piece of cardboard.  We tend to do this during Winter months when we still have Caterpillars and Chrysalises and want to protect them from inclement weather (rainy, […]

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Have You Ever Seen This Many Monarch Butterfly Chrysalises?

I know I haven’t posted in a while, I’m just taking it easy.  It’s also been a little more challenging to take photos since it gets dark so early. So on to this post.  I’m guessing that most folks don’t think about Butterflies two days before Christmas, but I wanted to share our Monarch Butterfly […]

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Infected Or Parasitized Monarch Chrysalises

I could tell we were going to have problems with the Monarch Butterfly Chrysalises in the Butterfly Enclosure several days ago.  All of the Chrysalises were a yellow brown color and didn’t look too healthy. Whether these were infected or parasitized Chrysalises, I’m not sure, maybe a combination of both.  You can see the Chrysalises […]

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Nine More Monarchs Released Today!

Another great day for the Monarch Butterflies!  We released a total of 9 Monarch Butterflies today.  I said yesterday that I was going to try and record some video of this event, and I did, but the videos didn’t come out as good as I would have liked, so I’m just going to post some […]

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How Many Monarch Chrysalises Do You See?

All but a couple of Monarch Caterpillars have gone to the Chrysalis stage. I think Leecy said we have about 45 or so Chrysalises in our Butterfly Enclosures.  You’ll notice in this picture that there are two Caterpillars that did not make it to the Chrysalis stage (on the left hand side of the picture). […]

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First Set Of Monarch Chrysalises From Mexican Monarch 2011

We have our first set of Monarch Chrysalises from the original female Monarch we saw back a few weeks ago.  I’d say we have about 20 Chrysalises right now, and at least 20 more to go (the Caterpillars are still eating). I’d like to say we’ll have plenty of Milkweed once they eclose, but I […]

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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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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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Monarch Caterpillar Forming Chrysalis Video

Getting this video has taken hours and days.  I tried waiting for about 3 1/2 hours last night for this Monarch Caterpillar to form a Chrysalis, and of course it didn’t happen. Then I got up early this morning, and sat in this stool for another 3 hours waiting for this to occur and I […]

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Monarch Caterpillars, Chrysalises And Eggs

This is a bit unexpected, but we have lots of Monarch Caterpillars, Chrysalises, and Eggs.  Perhaps it’s because it’s December and it’s 80 degrees right now. We have 13 Chrysalises, eggs all over the outside Milkweed, and probably 10 Caterpillars.  As we find the Caterpillars we bring them inside as the weather does occasionally get […]

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Awesome Videos Of Monarchs Hatching

I have some awesome videos to share! We had two Monarch Chrysalises that looked like they were ready to hatch (eclose) today.  I brought the Butterfly enclosure outdoors and grabbed the video camera. And waited. And waited. And waited some more. Finally one of the Monarchs started to eclose.  After about 20 minutes of watching […]

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Female Monarch Emerging From Chrysalis

Here’s something new.  A female Monarch emerging from her Chrysalis. I saw this dark Chrysalis early this morning.  I assumed this Butterfly would emerge from the Chrysalis today, but I’ve never been around at the “right place and right time” to actually photograph the event happening. I was just staring at the Chrysalis seeing if […]

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Monarchs Migrate Through Houston As Predicted

The Monarch Butterflies were migrating through Houston today, just as I predicted 4 days ago (http://www.butterfliesandwildlife.com/2010/10/25/monarch-migration-prediction-for-texas/).  For what it’s worth, I’m predicting that we (folks in Texas and Houston specifically) will continue to see our largest number of migrating Monarchs through Saturday, October 30.  Sunday and Monday the wind will be blowing from the South, […]

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