Tag Archives: Monarch Butterfly

New Film: Monarch Migration Interview with Tom Emmel

Horses neigh, bugs crawl across the lens, and Monarchs flutter in the background —interview on the mountaintop and it was all beautiful! Video includes footage from my forthcoming film, Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly. Monarch … Continue reading

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A Huge Thank You to Everyone for Your Milkweed and Aster Orders!!!

My Deepest Thanks to Everyone  The above is a favorite photo from my trip in February to film the Monarchs. This week we will be bringing you the short interview film with Tom Emmel at the summit of the Sierra Chincua Monarch Butterfly … Continue reading

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Love Letters to Gloucester

Love Letters to Gloucester features the Horribles Parade, friends, Greasy Pole “ladies,” Saint Peter’s ferris wheel, Schooner Festival, Nicky Avelis taking the flag, whimbrels, dragonfly migration, bees, llamas, butterflies, Thomas E. Lannon schooner, Eastern Point Lighthouse Monarch, and much more! Originally posted on Good … Continue reading

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What We Can Do to Help the Monarchs

Everywhere we turn this past month, there is a report in a major newspaper about the declining Monarch butterfly population. This forwarded from one of our GMG readers: “Monarch butterflies keep disappearing. Here’s why,” was published in the Washington Post … Continue reading

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Monarch Butterflies in Crisis

Each winter, since I began photographing the Monarchs in 2006, I compare this graph from Journey North to the number of butterflies observed on Cape Ann. As you can clearly see, this is the worst year on record, which corresponds … Continue reading

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Request for Help from GMG Community and Monarch Film Update

For the past three years I have been filming the life story of the Monarch Butterfly in backyards and along the shores of Cape Ann. My original intent was to tell the story of the butterflies primarily as it relates … Continue reading

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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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New Film: Love Letters to Gloucester ~ Summertime 2013

Love Letters to Gloucester ~ Summer 2013 is a ten minute film compiled from butterfly films in progress and scenes from short films created for my community during the summer of 2013. Special thanks to the Ciaramitaro Family and my … 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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Many Thanks to the Positively Most Awesome Community Ever!

The Cape Ann Monarch Milkweed Project was positively a resounding success. Thank you to everyone who ordered and picked up your milkweed plants. Thank you to Joey who turned my small seed of an idea into a fabulous community-wide project … Continue reading

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GMG Monarch-Milkweed Mug Up This Saturday!

Update: Milkweed Plants Arrived Thursday and are  ready to go! See you Saturday morning!!! Hooray–our milkweed plants shipped from Missouri Monday and should arrive to Gloucester by Thursday!!! Plants will be available for pick up at Captain Joe and Sons, … Continue reading

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WOW and WONDEFUL—150 milkweed plants ordered!!!

Thank you to everyone participating in our Cape Ann Milkweed Project! Monarch Butterfly Nectaring at Common Milkweed ~ Good Harbor Beach Milkweed may not be for everyone’s garden; even if you did not order plants, you are welcome to come … Continue reading

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Cape Ann Milkweed Project ~ Last day to order plants

Monarch Butterfly on Marsh Milkweed Order Your Milkweed Plants Today! In case you missed the details see Sunday’s Post: Cape Ann Milkweed Project Tonight I am placing the order for the milkweed plants. Please get your orders in. Thank you … Continue reading

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Cape Ann Milkweed Project ~ Place your orders today

Order Your Milkweed Plants Today! Monarch Chrysalis on Rib of Common Milkweed Leaf Everyone who wrote in yesterday and placed an order has been recorded. Anyone interested in ordering either Common or Marsh Milkweed today, please place your order in … Continue reading

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Cape Ann Milkweed Project

Monarch Butterfly Emerging from Chrysalis Order Your Milkweed Plants Today! In March I shared an article about bringing back the Monarch Butterflies. Great interest in planting milkweed was expressed by many. The way to bring as many Monarchs as possible to our region is … Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day and Habitat Gardening 101

To celebrate Earth Day (Earth Week-Earth Month-Everyday is Earth Day!), I am beginning a new series on GMG titled Habitat Gardening 101. The series is based on the lectures that I give to area conservation groups, garden clubs, libraries, and schools and is … 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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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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Butterfly Gardening with Eloise and Madeline

Madeline and Eloise Last summer the Ciaramitaro girls stopped by our garden to see a newly emerged Monarch butterfly.  After releasing the butterfly, Eloise wanted to learn more about the Monarchs, and butterflies in general. This year she remembered from … Continue reading

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