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Hatching Monarchs

This is a discussion on Hatching Monarchs within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This is a picture that I took while the last batch of Monarchs were hatching ...

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    This is a picture that I took while the last batch of Monarchs were hatching out. We harvest the eggs from the garden and raise them in containers,to keep them safe from the Blow Flies that lay eggs in the larvae, thus killing them before they can become butterflies. We raised 8 to maturity with that bunch. They are wonderful to watch.
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    How wonderful, Molly!

    As kids we'd catch the caterpillars and raise them in a jar until they hatched. Thanks for great memories!

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    Wow, never had that experience. Thanks for the pics!

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    Cool pictures , especially the one that is not hatched yet , I didn't know that about blow flies using them . Gin

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    They are horrible, the first year we put in the garden we had 30+ chrysalises and they all died before they hatched out. Then I started watching the catters and I saw the flies sting them, that is when we started collecting the eggs. It is amazing how fast they grow, you can see a change from morning to night.
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    How and when do you harvest the eggs? And what kind of containers do you use to hatch them? That sound like a fun project to do with my kids!
    I have many milkweed bushes in my garden for the butterflies, but I would not know where to look for their eggs nor how to help them along the process.

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    Molly, are the eggs laid on milkweed? I know that's what the catters feed on, and that's how we collected them. But the butterflies may lay their eggs on something else.

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    The butterflies lay the eggs on the underside of the milkweed leaves. You just keep an eye on them when they are in the garden and harvest the eggs the next day, I like to let them harden for a while before I pick the leaf. Then I keep them in a clear salad container, no holes,the just hatched catters are extreme escape artist. Plus they are about the size of really really thin thread. You can tell when they have hatched you will see small holes in the leaves shere the eggs were. When they are about a week old you can start moving them into a bigger container you have to keep them in fresh leaves everyday. By this time they are eating at least one to two leaves a day, and what they eat they poop. In about 2 weeks they are about to morph and will go into a J stage bythis time I have them in a clear plastic produce container, the size is about 6X6X10, I try to keep an eye on the chrystalis and when they darken(8-12 days) I put the lid outside so that they can fly off when they are ready. The chrystalis hatch in the AM when the temp is above 75 deg and it usually takes several hours for the butterfly to fledge so keep the lid in a safe place where the butterfly has room to streatch and had a close branch which to fly. I hang the lid over a shelf and secure it with a pot usually an orchid pot. Have Fun I think that the kids will love it
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    This is an absolutely awesome thread... thank you for learning me some! It sure sounds like a wonderful fun thing to do... and would be wonderful for kids! Well explained too and with those pics... three thumbs up!

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    Nicely done! Thanks!

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