Thursday, October 13, 2016

Monarch report

This year was a slow start with the monarchs. Apparently there was an ice storm when they were migrating back from Mexico and about 75% died. By the end of the summer though, it ramped up and we hatched 43 total. A few died after hatching due to misshapen wings, but we'll get to that. 

Can you spot this newly hatched caterpillar?

Harriet loved walking around the house and outside with them on her arms and hands.

A couple escaped and formed their chrysalises in odd places.

Here is an example of one about to hatch and a newly formed on.

Eloise smashed (but didn't destroy) a couple of chrysalises and I wondered what would happen. Mystery solved. A few of them died pretty quickly after hatched because they were unable to fly.

This poor thing wasn't able to properly dry its wings and thus, they didn't enlarge. This one was a goner.

By the end of August we just had tons of chrysalises.

One emerging.

We had the idea to bring them to Harriet's classroom, but the fish aquarium we were keeping everything in was too heavy/bulky to walk over there. So we looked up how to remove them and relocate them. You have to take a pin and detach them from the surface they are stuck on and then tie a knot with dental floss.

Then we hung them in this bee cage and it made it much easier to transport. The kids in her class just loved having them and watching them hatch.

It was a successful year of monarch raising, in my mind. It took up a lot of our time finding eggs and raising them, but the girls really enjoyed it, especially Eloise. Next year we will hope to do more than 43!

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

43!!!! Christina that is amazing! And here I was so proud/smug about the 20 we raised. This is an awesome thing to do with your kids, isn't it?!