Category Archives: Mexican Milkweed

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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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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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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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 Butterflies Defintely Migrating Through Houston

Another great day for the Fall 2011 Migration of Monarch Butterflies through Houston.  I saw a total of 7 today, and tagged 5 of them.  There were roughly the same amount of males and females.  I mentioned this on the Journey South site, but what I’m  noticing this year compared to previous years is how […]

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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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Drought, Hummingbirds, Honeybees, and Butterflies

I need to get a few things off my chest (actually just one thing).  This drought.  It’s driving me nuts.  This whole weather thing is driving me nuts actually.  On the East Coast they’re flooding.  Down here in Texas we’re drying up.  Is this the effects of global warming?  What will this wacky weather mean […]

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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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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 Butterfly Caterpillars And A Video

We have lots and lots of Monarch Caterpillars right now from the original female Monarch Butterfly we saw a couple of weeks ago. It’s rather interesting as all of these Monarch Caterpillars are roughly the same size. I even recording a brief video of just one of our Milkweed plants and all of the Caterpillars.  […]

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Second Female Monarch Butterfly Appears

Yea!  Our second female Monarch Butterfly appeared today!  She wasted no time in laying eggs on our Milkweed.  She also made several visits to our Wildflower Garden to get some nectar.  She must have hung around for at least 3 hours today.  She looked pretty good, especially coming from Mexico (I’m assuming).  Her wings were […]

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