Friday, April 17, 2009

Tending to Nature

Meet Winslow and Helen. Along with Buddy, Tiny, Slinky, Hidey 1, and Hidey 2, my family is rescuing a few monarch butterflies and watching their journey from egg to butterfly. I'm having a blast. My kids are, too. In just one week, little white eggs hatched into tiny caterpillars. One caterpillar, Buddy, is already 2 and 1/2 centimeters and growing.

I bought a milkweed plant from the nursery today to plant in our backyard butterfly garden. The milkweed on which we found the eggs is a different variety and was in a large pasture. We'll see if this nursery plant will attract the next generation of eggs. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the butterflies we release lay their eggs on our new milkweed plant so that we can watch the process all over again?

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