Monarch Butterfly Studies/Care

Whilst waiting for the last Luna Moths to develop into adults and emerge; I felt it was about time that I graduated to taking care of Butterflies. πŸ˜€ In the past, Daniel and I visited the delightful ‘The Butterfly Place’ inΒ Westford MA. While we enjoyed the stay, we picked up a native butterfly rearing kit of three. πŸ™‚

The monarch butterfly rearing kit I have just purchased moments ago, is a set of 14-16 monarch butterfly larvae. It should be arriving by May 15th. πŸ˜€ ❀ I have also made sure to order three bare root milkweeds (I have organic soil and pots already) and a butterfly cage which can hold them and protect them from predators.

The plan is to place the cocoons into mason jars and give them to dear friends at Allandale Farm to watch them develop into butterflies and then release them into the wild. πŸ™‚

I desire to share as much as I can of my journeys and experiences, with of the love of butterflies and nature to others wherever I go. I wantΒ my life-journeys to help others reconnect with nature, inspire and show how anyone can help save our earth; the simple gift of bringing a little more *love-light* into the world. πŸ™‚
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Once I receive the babies, kit, butterfly cage and milkweeds in the mail – I shall post an update in this particular blog post. πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

You can purchase your own disease-free monarch butterfly rearing kits here:
http://shop.monarchwatch.org/product/Rearing-Kit/113232

Beneficial Insects Study

As a side project for my job as a greenhouse and nursery staff at Allandale Farm – I am given the fun task of creating signs for their three beneficial insects. πŸ™‚

This is the first of three I have completed:
The Green-Lacewing (I just released larva onto infested flowers who were covered in aphids late last week).

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This is an excellent learning process for me (both interacting and releasing the insects). Due, of not having an in-depth knowledge of beneficial insects, except for the common known Ladybird/Ladybug and praying mantis. At the Butterfly Forests Homestead, we plan to have zero-pesticides and simply allow the natural balance mother nature intended. Introducing and attracting predators whom enjoy eating the pests, who munch upon our editable flowers, vegetables, fruits, nut trees and various plants. πŸ™‚

Update: 6/4/2017

A few days ago, I received back the illustrations of all four Beneficial Insects from work I had completed over a month ago. πŸ˜€ Sorry for the delay, (it was out of my control) but here they are in all their glory! πŸ˜› πŸ˜€

I plan to create more illustrations for my continuing study, in the nearby future. πŸ™‚

The first emerges! :D

While I was away at work, one of the Luna Moths emerged from her cocoon. πŸ˜€ I missed the first of three – but that’s okay. I am quite happy overall. The other two Luna Moths are still developing . . . and I feel, one simply needs to have patience. πŸ™‚

This Luna Moth, is female. You can tell by the antennas. Males have more bushy hairs upon their antennas in comparison to the females. ❀

Update: 4/28/17′

Yesterday, the first of three passed away. I’ve placed her inside of a glass container for ‘sentimental-learning’ preference for the future. She was very gentle, highly-energetic and sweet. ❀ πŸ™‚

Her fellow two roommates are slowly but surely developing in different stages inside of their cocoons. I would say, in roughly a week from now, the second Luna Moth should emerge. πŸ™‚ ❀ The third, is a bit behind his brother in his last moments of pupa/adult development. πŸ™‚