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Hi all... My daughter loves bugs especially butterflies.
so this past summer she decided to find butterfly eggs and see if she could hatch butterflies.
well she successfully found over a dozen monarch eggs on milk weeds and been feeding the catapillers as they hatch and just this morning we have three adult monarchs that have emerged from their cocoons!
I have been documenting this on facebook and thought i would share this project with you all. If any of you have kids who love bugs but never tried this I encourage you to do this if possible because it is a fun and rewarding project!
plus when you let the butterflies go they will return next year!!
enjoy!
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Cool project ... :2thumb:

But no facebook for me. {sigh}
 

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All I get is, "This content is currently unavailable." :dunno:
 

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That's so cool! What a fun project.

We've never found butterfly eggs in the wild, is that pathetic? We did a butterfly hatching project a couple years ago, but it was a kit where the larvae were mailed to us. They were painted ladies - very pretty, but not nearly as cool as monarchs! :)
 

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That's so cool! What a fun project.

We've never found butterfly eggs in the wild, is that pathetic? We did a butterfly hatching project a couple years ago, but it was a kit where the larvae were mailed to us. They were painted ladies - very pretty, but not nearly as cool as monarchs! :)
look for milkweeds and check under the leaves. if you see little white raised dots those are monarch eggs!
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The butterfly project pics!

The egg.. find on the underside of milkweed leaves.




the catapiller when finished feeding gets big and fat. then hangs upside down in a letter 'J' fashion as it turns into a chrysalis



the cocoon is pale green with gold spots and a line of gold beading near the top


it takes from 7-15 days for the cocoon to turn dark and you will see the lines of the butterfly wings forming. very cool.


then it suddenly hatches!


newly hatched it takes a few hours to dry their wings and once they are roaming the habitat after about 4 hours we let them go.

More cocoons with beautiful monarchs on the way!
 

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Great pictures and a VERY cool project!

Thanks for posting!
 
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