Caterpillars and Monarchs, Part Two

by Josh on September 1, 2011 · 3 comments

in Journal

Over the past few weeks my family has adopted several monarch caterpillars we found on the milkweed in our yard. In the first part of this story, I shared how those caterpillars grew and formed their chrysalises. Now I can show the transformation from chrysalis to butterfly. A few hours after the caterpillar has made […]


Caterpillars and Monarchs, Part One

by Josh on August 27, 2011 · 3 comments

in Journal

Very little good can come from letting weeds get out of control in your yard. Not only do the weeds look bad, but they can choke out the desirable plants and seed themselves so the problem keeps getting worse. But in the case of milkweed, all those problems come with a glorious perk. Monarchs! You […]


Hatching Monarch Butterflies at Home

by Josh on September 10, 2010 · 5 comments

in garden,Journal

My bungalow yard has suddenly become a terrific habitat for monarch butterflies thanks to an ideal tagteam between Mother Nature and me. Nature did her part by distributing milkweed seeds to my yard from nearby wetlands and then providing more precipitation than in recent years. My part was to take a lot of summer vacations […]