Tag Archives: Danaus plexippus

Setting the Table for a Regal Butterfly Comeback, With Milkweed

Monarch Caterpillar Eating Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) Foliage Thank you GMG readers and Monarch Butterfly friends for forwarding the following article from the NY Times! By Michael Wines Published December 20th, 2013 CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Bounding out of a … Continue reading

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Where Are All the Monarchs?

Monarchs usually arrive in our region by the first week in July and go through several brood cycles. This year, barely any arrived. The Monarch’s sensitivity to temperature and dependence on milkweed make it vulnerable to environmental changes. Since 1994, … Continue reading

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Monarch at the Gloucester HarborWalk Butterfly Gardens

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Monarch Butterfly Migration Through Gloucester Reader Question

GMG Reader Becky Edleman writes: “Hello! I was emailing you to inquire about the monarch butterfly migration that comes through Gloucester. I recently moved to MA and was told that the butterflies migrate through that area, but have found little … Continue reading

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From Germany to Logan to Gloucester, for Butterflies!

I sent the following to the Boss this morning: Thought you would like to know–Last night at sunset I was filming B roll at the EP Lighthouse. A German couple was there, with binoculars, and they had just arrived from … Continue reading

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Farewell Monarchs

Inquiring minds want to know, “Where do the Monarchs go?” I am often asked this question, not by children, but by adults. Most children have studied, or are studying, the butterfly life cycle and the have some degree of knowledge … Continue reading

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Monarch Flakes

Click the photo to view larger and you will see the little Monarch flakes heading into the cherry tree. The clustering Monarchs were well-camoflouged by the autumn foliage nonetheless, their silhouettes are clearly visible in the setting sun. Another passel … Continue reading

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Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

Dear Friends, Recently I attended a lecture given by an expert in a field to which I am passionately involved. I was really looking forward to this lecture and I have on many occasions actively promoted this lecturer. To get … Continue reading

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Newly Molted Caterpillar

Butterfly caterpillars molt four or five times as they grow. Each different caterpillar stage is called an instar. In the photo below you can see the caterpillar’s crumpled discarded exoskeleton. Molting Monarch Caterpillar The caterpillar first grows a new skin … Continue reading

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Madeline and the Monarch

The Ciaramitaro Family stopped by Willowdale today for a tour of the butterfly gardens. We were lucky to see several Monarchs and dozens of Painted Ladies. Click the photo to view larger and you will see the Monarch climbed onto … Continue reading

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How to Tell the Difference Between a Male and Female Monarch Butterfly

For Devera, who wrote in yesterday asking how to tell the difference between a male and female Monarch Butterfly ~ Click photos to view large. The first photos shows all male Monarch Butterflies necatring at Seaside Goldenrod. Notice the pair … Continue reading

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Stained Glass

From our garden ~ Newly emerged female Monarch Butterfly drying her wings. Monday a male emerged, Wednesday a female–looks promising for another batch of Monarchs before summer’s end! Newly Emerged Female Monarch Butterfly

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Male Monarch Butterfly

Newly emerged male Monarch Butterfly drying his wings on the sunflower. 

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