Second instar: Monarch Butterflies! :D

A little while ago, I brought the whole fabric butterfly cage outside to enjoy the sun. To my delight, roughly over fifty percent of the sixteen monarch butterflies are almost into their second instar. πŸ˜€

The little pairs of black tentacles (stinkhorns) are beginning to grow. One pair is growing on the thorax and another pair upon the abdomen. πŸ™‚


Monarch Butterfly Babies~!

As of 10:00 am today, we now have lovely ‘teeny-tiny’ Monarch Butterfly caterpillars in our home. πŸ˜€

Roughly (depending on how warm it is) Monarch Caterpillars will go through all five instar stages in an average of two weeks. πŸ™‚

Update: 5/26/17

How quickly they are growing! πŸ˜€
After refilling the water source for the milk weed cuttings this morning, (along with cleaning up after their poop droppings) – I found six are already in between their first and second instar progress. I shall have to take a current photo soon to show the fast growth rate in a few days past time. πŸ˜€

Making bread and Baby Moths


So, to my surprise, the two Luna Moths mated last night. I just ordered a Black Walnut sapling from the Arbor Day Foundation, and it should be arriving in so many days. Β It takes roughly a week for the eggs to hatch.

In the state we are currently living in (Boston, MA) – before the big move to New Zealand; the spring season has been quite strange.. So, in regards of the Black Walnut being late to be ordered right-now is not an issue. I think on a positive note with the odd weather and all – I think the Black Walnut sapling properly getting established into the pot, shouldn’t be a problem. πŸ™‚

Once I have set everything up for the new babies to be – I will give an update here. πŸ™‚
The mother and father are still very-much alive (tattered wings and spunk). I imagine, they will be flapping and resting about for the next three days or so. πŸ™‚

“Why did you mention making bread..?”

Well, since we are going to be about ninety-eight percent off the grid and self-sustainable in the future; I want to begin practicing my bread making skills again. πŸ™‚ It’s been a few years since I last kneaded a homemade loaf of bread, and I miss the joys of taking the time to make it from scratch (and not to mention, the lovely smell of bread baking in the oven!) πŸ˜€ πŸ˜› πŸ˜‰ Plus, the Butterfly Forests Homestead shall have fresh home baked goods for sale in the CSA shop. ❀ Β πŸ˜€

Below are a few things I have baked yesterday afternoon:
-Lavender Tea Cake
-Cheddar Rosemary Biscuit Drops


It’s a boy! :D

The second Luna Moth of three has made his appearance! πŸ˜€ ❀ I love the fuller antennae on the males. I am surprised it took him so-much longer to emerge in comparison to his β€˜sister.’ Maybe, we shall get a female for the last cocoon in time? Daniel has mentioned that it would be cool to have a pair mate and get β€˜babies.’ … That would also mean, a few black walnut saplings would be in order if that were the case (Luna Moth Caterpillars have quite an appetite). πŸ˜› πŸ˜€ haha