I'm told that only about 5% monarch eggs become butterflies, and the rest perish. Even milkweeds are trying to kill the caterpillars with sticky latex sap and toxins!
I've checked out Anurag Agrawal's "Monarchs and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution" from the library. It's all very thrilling.
I also moved the last caterpillar I found to a glass jar. It turned into a chrysalis the other day.
Stay tuned for further updates!
Today's monarch news: a caterpillar has escaped its indoor makeshift cage, and is now hanging onto a door jamb, and is very unwilling to budge.
The one in neighbor-donated cage is now a chrysalis.
An ill-looking one I brought inside has died. It wasn't eating anything.
This evening I brought two more very tiny caterpillars inside.
This one left home today 🦋
He lingered on for a long time before taking flight, so I ended up taking 139 pictures.
Monarch #11 of 11, a boy, emerged from his chrysalis the same day as monarch #10, but wasn't quite ready to leave until this morning.
Astute readers may note that he left on Día de la Independencia, and she left on El Grito de Dolores.
I hope the last few monarchs will make it all the way to their overwintering grounds in Mexico, and will serve as our ambassadors there.
Feliz viaje, our little winged friends!
At some point some kind of bar fight equivalent of monarch world broke out, and resolved itself faster than I could focus my reasonably fast focusing lens.
I really suck in this photojournalist profession.
I should not send myself to a war front as a photojournalist. I would fare much worse than Robert Capa.
The last monarch pictures I managed to take this year are from September 20 and 23, respectively. They must be on their way to their wintering grounds to Mexico, if they are already not there.
Fun monarch fact: monarchs can't (or don't?) fly when temperature is below 55 °C. Right now we're at 10 °C.
See you next year, little winged friends!
Whoops, made a typo! Meant 55 °F/13 °C, typed 55 °C.
Thanks to @fitheach for spotting it.
@fitheach Yes, sorry! Meant to say 55°F.
@sajith photoshop yo
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