Oh My Goodness…

… teeny tiny caterpillars hatched. There was a lot of concern for the Monarchs making the trip from Mexico, because so much of Texas and its plants were hit by the February freeze. I cheated and bought some mature plants from the nursery, as all of my Butterfly Weed had frozen. I’m glad I did and it worked out well for the next generation.

15 Comments on “Oh My Goodness…”

  1. shoreacres says:

    When I was at Brazoria on Saturday, I saw this milkweed just beginning to form buds in their butterfly garden. A few of the plants were a bit farther along, and were showing some color. I never got past the water lilies, so I don’t know how the other milkweeds are doing. The most milkweed-rich field I’ve visited in the past has been sold, fenced, and mowed.

    • So many wild flowers lost. I really haven’t seen any wild milkweeds around here, but surely there are some. The wild passion flowers are back that feed a different caterpillar.

  2. Tina says:

    Look at those cuties!! So good of you to buy the full plants and provide food for these lovely critters. I look forward to photos as they grow! 🙂

    • I had that very sad Monarch show up and I had no flowers to feed it. At last, all the bees left the hummer feeders. Not only were they at the feeders all spring, but coming up to us every time we were outside. Now we just have to deal with mosquitoes.

  3. Oh that is awesome! It’ll be a few months yet til we see these little cuties. Last year was very god so I am hoping for even better this year.

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    I’m so glad you did that – it surely makes a difference to the monarchs passing through. Are there plants in the wild near you? How did they fare with the freeze?
    I harvest leaves daily from my wild patch to feed my captive broods. Our numbers here are still dropping, however. We’ve lost a lot of dairy farms over the years whose pastures had plenty of milkweed. So much land has now reverted back to forest. Tough times for monarchs. 😦

    • There are wild milkweeds, but I have not seen any in my area. The butterflies probably do a better job at finding them. Gardeners tend to grow the Mexican tropical butterfly weed, which the Monarchs also like.

  5. Yay, I hope they hang around and you can find the chrysalis. Mine disappeared?!!

  6. Deb says:

    Summers on the way!🙂 they are little!

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