WE RAISE MONARCH BUTTERFLIES INDOORS IN A POPUP HATCHERY
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For the experienced the following link explains and shows a method to raise a lot of monarchs/queen butterflies in video form https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZE1rmWgJRg9i66i46
THE FOLLOWING LINK IS TO A VIDEO THAT SHOWS HOW TO RAISE MONARCH AND QUEEN BUTTERFLIES , BELOW I WRITE IT OUT STEP BY STEP https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZE1rmWgJRg9i66i46
Once mature common milkweed sends out lots of runners and new stems will pop up. It gets 5 feet tall and will take over the area you plant it in so give it lots of room.
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THE FOOD WEB OF WILDLIFE
Of course, without the native cold and drought tolerant taproot plants on the landscape, life as we know it wouldn't exist on our planet. Monarch butterflies and other beautiful pollinators live on these plants and also help propagate most of the same plants they thrive on.
In the food web of life, other creatures up the wildlife food chain live on eating pollinators just like predators consume the first three stages of the monarchs development and eat parts of the adult butterfly after it dies. Only about 2-5 % of the monarch eggs laid get to the adult in flight stage which makes protecting those early stages of the monarchs necessary using our protecting monarchs from predators hatchery/nursery rearing method if we are going to add to insect population when we release them and they reproduce.
The following link is an online book that explains butterfly gardening and the plants they need. Please download it and enjoy https://tomterrific1.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/butterfly-gardening.pdf
If you're looking for native plants to buy at a garden center or online Google American Beauties Native Plants and you can learn about this National plant branding program.
I'm Known as Craig the Butterflyman. I'm your educator. Please let me introduce myself in this short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfn9wuvVaDw&t=4s
This video describes our rearing procedure as taught at Yale University Farm in New Haven Connecticut. The popup hatchery in the video is no longer available at Walmart. Click here to find monarch hatcheries/nurseries; https://www.google.com/search?q=butterfly+habitats+for+sale&rlz=1CAHKDC_enUS975&oq=butterfly+habitats&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i57j0i10l8.14578j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
Common milkweed grows everywhere in the Midwest and Northeast beginning in June and is about 2 feet tall just as the monarchs arrive. You can harvest 20" long common milkweed stems with a few eggs on them and/or catch a monarch laying eggs with a net, put the stems in a vase in the hatchery and add the butterfly. When she's laid about 110 eggs put her in another hatchery setup or release her. When the caterpillars have eaten enough they will hang and you'll have adult monarchs in about 12 days
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