Last Monarch Pupa

Today may mark the end of the monarch butterfly season in my yard. This pupa is the very last that I’ve found. He attached himself to the end post of the rail on my front steps on September 22nd. Then shed his caterpillar skin, leaving it perched on top of his pupa form like a…

Waiting

I recently noticed someone new in the flowering vine that is twined around my porch rail. She is probably not new at all. I just hadn’t discovered her yet. She is so well camouflaged that I might not have ever seen her, if it weren’t for the large bright meal she was enjoying one day….

It’s A Girl!

This morning I stepped out on the screened porch to check on the monarch pupae that are hanging out there. We make sure to leave most of the caterpillars in our yard alone- but this year we raised a few. It is really hard not to pick up a caterpillar that is lumbering around right…

Milkweed Rules

Years ago, on the afternoon of my daughter’s first day of kindergarten, I asked her how it went. “Not good,” she said. “There are too many rules.” “Rules are ok,” l said. “We have rules.” “No we don’t.” “Sure we do,” I paused, trying to think of one. “Don’t hurt others… that’s a rule.” “Well,…