My Heart Has Turned To Butterflies

My Heart Has Turned To Butterflies

I admit summer is usually a time for pelicans and other wildlife but this year my heart has literally turned to butterflies. I have been spending as much time as I can photographing butterflies but I have started to get interested in their biology as well. I have started to raise monarch butterflies from caterpillars to learn more about them and hopefully someday help with the declining population of the monarch butterfly.

monarch caterpillar
A monarch caterpillar feeding on a showy milkweed plant.

The main reason noted for the decline of the monarch is highly attributed to the decline in milkweed, the only type of plant the female monarch butterfly will lay her eggs for the egg and caterpillar to hatch and feed on until it completes the cycle and turns into a monarch butterfly itself. I am not certain of the decline of milkweed as I have just started to get interested in learning about monarchs so forgive me if I have no serious biological information to report as of yet. I did want to, however, encourage others to get involved in learning more about the monarch butterfly. This picture is of a monarch caterpillar I found a few yards from my house in a patch of showy milkweed. In a few weeks this little guy will grow up to be another one of natures beautiful creatures, a monarch butterfly. If you want to know more about the monarch butterfly and butterflies in general and how to raise them and release them into the wild visit raisingbutterflies.org for more information.

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