Creatures in the Garden
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|The Day Before the Monarch Arrives. A Monarch chrysalis is so beautiful just before the butterfly emerges. First it's a rich jade green flecked with gold, and topped with a gold tiara. Then it turns clear and you can see the wings inside. Magnificent
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|When milkweed showed up in my yard (I never planted it, so it must have come in with some compost) the Monarch butterflies were soon to follow. The grandkids and I had fun watching them go through all their stages. Last September, my husband surprised me for my birthday with a butterfly rearing cage he made. This photo was taken early this May on my patio of one of the caterpillars (now a chrysalis) raised in that enclosure (the screen keeps them safe from predators and parasitizing tachinid flies). This past June 10, 2017, I helped with the PolliNATION Festival held at the Chino Basin Water Conservation District. As head of the Butterfly Team, I gave talks on Gardening for Butterflies, emphasizing the need to provide more habitat, especially using California natives. We set up a butterfly information booth with lots of displays and living specimens, as well as a free flight tent with butterflies we raised locally. All butterflies were released that day with a beautiful ceremony.