The Monarch Butterflies Have Returned. How To Butterfly Project For Children. Saving The Monarchs.

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Eggs and Monarch Caterpillar In Different Sizes and Stages.

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Monarch Butterflies

The Monarchs are back. They are flying all over. We have had so much wind and when this happens they seem to keep their wings closed. They are beautiful. They have been breeding. We found two on the ground mating and I took a little film of it. They're everywhere and many of them, a very good sign.

Monarchs have four stages. There's the egg, the larvae (caterpillar), the pupa and the butterfly. They come here every May. We have lots of milkweeds and they love and it's where they lay their eggs. Our milkweed is just barely up. When the milkweed comes up it smells so good. The Monarchs are in the meadow hanging around in the milkweed even in the old pods from last year. The way things are growing here the milkweed will be up in no time at all. This is what the caterpillar will eat on. I have a picture of the caterpillar on one of my flower hubs.

Monarchs will fly away in October and head to Mexico. Maybe they catch a ride on the wings of geese heading south. (Just Joking) Once they get to Mexico they hibernate. Some will stay in warmer parts of California. It's amazing one little butterfly can fly so far.

We went in the meadow today June 3rd and did get pictures of the monarchs’ eggs and one tiny, tiny caterpillar. I was so surprised at how small they are. The eggs are no bigger than the point of a pencil. The tiny white spec is the egg on the milkweed leaf. I have added the picture of the big caterpillar I took last year.

Today I found a medium size caterpillar on a milkweed leaf. We don't have many caterpillars for the number of monarchs we've had and the number of eggs we saw. We're hoping something didn't eat most of the eggs.

There is a lady in our town who has started her own milkweed garden. She harvests the cocoons herself and includes them in flower arrangements from her garden and gives them to hospice patients. The story is very interesting and I will include the site where you can read about it. They are able to see the butterfly come out of the cocoon and the instruction are for them to set it free. When my husband was in hospice it was winter, he didn't get to have the butterfly in his room.

Stages of the Monarch Butterflies:

Egg Stage

Larvae Stage

Cocoon Stage-pupa (or chrysalis)

Birth Stage

The photos to the left are the stages of the butterfly, I found in the garden of milkweed. They're very interesting to watch, and fun project for children.

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Two Caterpillars
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We Love The Monarch Butterflies

Beautiful Butterflies
Beautiful Butterflies
Butterflies Mating
Butterflies Mating
More Mating
More Mating
They Love This Sugary Plant.
They Love This Sugary Plant.
Pod from milk weed
Pod from milk weed


It is now 2014 and we had only a few Monarchs this year. Our milkweed is common milkweed and grows wild in our meadow. The orange milkweed picture you see is a tame milkweed, plants and seed can be bought for this plant. Milkweed seed can be bought from garden centers, Internet or flower catalogs. If you have a friend with lots of milkweeds you can get the seeds from them. Spread the beauty of Monarchs by planting milkweed. Our milkweed is wild so you may be able to get the seeds along the road where it may grow wild.

Milkweed is good for all butterflies and bees, they all love it. I hope to one day see the Monarchs thick again like they use to be. I don't think this will happen. There is a field across from our house grows potatoes. The crop duster comes and sprays the fields for bugs. When he does his spray ends up on our property. On the 4th of July, he was here at 5:30 in the morning spraying. I watched the spray come down on our field. They are supposed to cut the spray off when getting to our house but they didn't. I think this is why the butterflies are not as thick as they once were. It may also have something to do with not so many birds. I have a hub on this crop duster.

I do my part by trying to help the Monarchs by growing the milkweed. I won't let anyone cut it down. If some get in with my flowers I also leave it there.

Plant A Milkweed Garden, Save The Monarchs.

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Plane Spraying The Field Across From My House.
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Common Milkweed

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Monarch Butterflies Mating

This photo shows our meadow, to the left is the wild milkweed field. This year (2014) I have only seen one Monarch at a time in the milkweed. I did find two very small caterpillars; they are no bigger than the tip of a needle. I'm sure there was more in the milkweed, but I didn't want to go into the milkweed field and knock over the plants. I would have liked to put one in a jar and wait for it to turn into a butterfly. I couldn't do this with health problems here, I worried I would not be around to take care of it.

The bluebirds also came back and made their nest in this birdhouse. Last year the swallows made their nest in this house.

Do You see the path in the meadow I was just about to the end of the path when my husband and our little dog came out to meet me, just as they got there we heard what sounded like trees coming down in the woods, believe me, we got out of there. Just before the sun goes down seems to be when the bear does wander into the yard and a deer sure did not make the loud sound.

All photos in the hub are my own taken in our yard or meadow. The only one which isn't mine is the tame milkweed photo from Wikimedia Commons and the Viceroy.

Now it's Aug and there actually were more Monarch caterpillars than I expected. Our milkweed wild garden is about 30 feet wide and at least 200 feet long. The pictures below are of caterpillars I saw just on the edge of the milkweed garden. I didn't want to go deep into the garden for fear of killing some of the caterpillars, but I would bet there is many more deep into the milkweed.


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Milkweed Garden is to the left of the top photo.
Milkweed Garden is to the left of the top photo.

Caterpillars

Caterpillars In The Meadow
Caterpillars In The Meadow

Caterpillars Eating the Milkweed

Just A Few Of The Flowers And Bushes In Our Garden.

Flowers the Butterflies Love
Flowers the Butterflies Love

There is a lady in our town, she takes Monarchs to Hospice patients or uses them for charities. She places the chrysalises on a flower bouquet to give to others, so they can see the butterfly emerge from the chrysalis.

It’s so nice to see Spring popping out everywhere. We have long winters here so we really enjoy the nice weather.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my yard to see the return of the bluebirds and the monarch butterflies.

It's now 2015 winter is still in full swing for most of the country. I can't wait for spring to come and I'm hoping I will still be here to take care of the monarchs. I think many people would buy this place would just plow down my milkweeds and have no thought for the butterflies. If my husband were still here he would be so upset about this.

Summer is here and I first saw the eggs on the milkweed and then caterpillars, below is the 2015 butterfly and caterpillar photos.

2015 Butterflies

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Butterfly In Jar Instructions

We don't have Monarchs this year we don't know what happened to them. The milkweed garden is just as nice as it was last year, but there are just a few butterflies of any kind.

I found two caterpillars and I put them in a jar so I could at least save a couple butterflies.

I put a food colander on top of the jar so they could breath better and easier to see them. I added milkweed. I added new milkweed every day. Just a note don't get any of the white milky stuff from the milkweed on your skin, it can be irritating. I didn't remove the old milkweed because you can't remove it without disturbing the caterpillars. The caterpillars leave a lot of little black poops at the bottom of the glass jar don't mistake them for eggs.

You can see from the photos that the first caterpillar turned into a cocoon, shortly after the second one turned into a cocoon. They are so interesting to watch. They go to the top of the jar and start to curl up their bodies and before you know what's happened they are a cocoon. The cocoons turned into butterflies in 16 days. Butterflies wings should dry for about 2 hours. You touch the the butterflies let them crawl on your finger to let them go very carefuly. I didn't do that I let them crawl out of the colander on their own.

In the photos, I tried showing all the steps the caterpillar took before becoming a beautiful butterfly.

This is a way of getting children interested in nature and a good way to save a butterfly.

The Larva (Caterpillar)

The top photo

The top photo is the jar I used, but any kind will do. This has how the first caterpillar turned into a cocoon.

The photos below show how the second caterpillar crawled up beside the first caterpillar and turned into a cocoon. It also shows the first butterfly hatched and the bottom photos show the second butterfly hatched. The white stuff at the very bottom photo is the casings from the cocoon once the butterflies came out.

Cocoon Stage-pupa (or chrysalis)

Butterfly I Let Go.

Check out more hubs about birds and butterflies. The glass butterfly is so interesting from a hubber friend.

Viceroy Impostor.

Be careful while looking for Monarch butterfly the Viceroy butterfly mimics the Monarch for safety reasons. The Monarch carries the poison from eating the toxic milkweed, many animals will not eat a Monarch, so the Viceroy mimics the look of the Monarch hoping not to be eaten.

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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida

Wonderful how to for butterflies. I would like to add this to the hub I just posted about a butterfly garden. Would that be okay with you.

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Thelma Alberts 18 months ago from Germany

What a beautiful hub! There are butterflies roaming around in my tropical garden in the Philippines and I did not even know tha name of them. I just know that one of them is the Monarch butterfly. There are plenty of flowers in my garden like cosmos and zinnias and I know the butterflies love them. Thanks for sharing this very useful and informative hub. Happy Sunday!


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Kristen Howe 18 months ago from Northeast Ohio

You're very welcome Moonlake.


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moonlake 18 months ago from America Author

Shyron E Shenko, My bluebirds were back this year. They were going from birdhouse to birdhouse and finally decided on the bluebird house. Thanks for stopping by.


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moonlake 18 months ago from America Author

Kristen Howe, Thank you for stopping by glad you liked the hub.


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Kristen Howe 18 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Moonlake, this was beautiful in photos and descriptions of your garden. Thanks for sharing with an beautiful voted up!


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AudreyHowitt 22 months ago from California

Love Monarchs! Beautiful hub!


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PegCole17 22 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Your fascinating story of the return of the Monarchs is entertaining and you're right about this process as being a good study for kids and others as well. Back to nature and send them tromping outside for a change. You are ambitious to get these fabulous photos of the caterpillars and butterflies. Nicely done.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida

So glad this was shared as a little taste of spring is a nice thing. In spring we see the bluebirdies and monacrchs return. This past summer we had more than ever..it was glorious.

Thank you for sharing with us...the photos are awesome.

Angels are on the way to you ps

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Shyron E Shenko 22 months ago

I am back to look at the beauty that you have displayed here and read about the blue birds house hunting. I have only seen two here in Texas in the twenty years we have lived here.

I hope that all is well with you.

Blessings and hugs dear friend

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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Maria, Thank you so much for stopping by. I have a short time today to get on Hubpages and do a few things. Our son has taken my husband for treatments so it gives me time to catch up around here. We spent much of our week out of town. I too hope spring is around the corner.


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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Happyboomernurse, Thank you for letting me know about the award. I didn't know anything about it so I appreciate it. I'm looking forward to spring and the blue birds and Monarchs. It's been a long winter and more to come.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear moonlake,

How wonderful to be guided to this informative and soothing piece of writing this morning. I am thrilled to see that you have been honored on Jo Goldsmith's GC Publication Awards with this beautiful work.

Your photography makes me hopeful that Spring 'must' be around the corner. Thanks for the inspiration today.

Voted UP and UABI. Hope all is well with you in 2014. Hugs, Maria


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Happyboomernurse 2 years ago from South Carolina

Congratulations on earning the GC Gold Award in the Education category for this informative and beautifully illustrated hub.

It was interesting that the bluebird was being so particular about choosing a home, and that this particular couple were so protective.

I love the detailed observations you make about the wildlife in your yard.

Voted up across the board except for funny.

Blessings,

Gail


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

starstream, Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoyed having you check out my hub.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Shyron E Shenko, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by. Thanks for the vote, shared and pin.


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starstream 3 years ago from Northern California

Interesting journal type of hub giving nature details. I think your country life must be full of interesting new sights everyday.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Moonlake, your pictures are so beautiful. I am not good with a camera except by accident.

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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

CraftytotheCore, Bluebirds are so pretty it's funny how we worry about them every year like they're our kids. We had them this year but I couldn't get a picture. They nested twice in a box we really didn't want them to nest in.


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

Moonlake, I would be totally submitting those bird and butterfly photos to Birds N Bloom Magazine! I used to have a subscription to that. After reading some of the advice, I too attracted a blue bird to a back yard nesting box. It took me 5 years. I looked out my back door one day and the bird was resting on the side of a bird bath near my back patio. Of course, no camera on me at that moment. Bluebirds are so amazing!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, Really isn't that strange I wonder why. I will have to check out your purple board. Thanks so much for the pins I appreciate it.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Love your beautiful photos here. Pinned it once to my 'Butterfly' board, and now I'm going to put it on my 'Purple II' board. For some reason my purple boards get the most attention.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

ologsinquito, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by.


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ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

You have a lovely garden. These are such beautiful closeups of the monarchs. I voted up and I'll be pinning this to my Monarch Butterfly board.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, We didn't get our Monarchs this year but we do have bluebirds nesting. I wished I had taken the picture of the chrysalis but I never found one. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Came back to this article because it has such beautiful photos. Loved them all and some are really exceptional. I really love the one of the chrysalis. I've pinned this hub to my butterflies board. Will also share it with my followers again. Thank you for sharing these excellent photos!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Deborah-Diane, Thank you and thanks for stopping by.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Gorgeous article. I love the photos!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

bridalletter, We have a long way to go before we see spring here. It's still so cold. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my hub.


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bridalletter 3 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

Such a joy to see the blue birds. I get a few pair each year. So glad you are able to photograph them. I am passionate about butterflies, thank you for sharing information on them. The time is nearing for Missouri's spring birds...


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

pstraubie48, You are so lucky you saw a butterfly today? All I see when I look out the window is snow and tomorrow -12 temps.

Thank you for stopping by and for the vote and for the angels I can use them.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Your photos add much to this article. And I can never read enough about birds...all kinds and the bluebird is a favorite. Butterflies too are another favorite of mine...I tried to get a picture of a lovely butterfly today when I took my grandson for a ride in his stroller but I was not fast enough.

I do not see many Monarchs but am thrilled when I do .

Voted up+++

Sending Angels to you and yours :) ps


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

SallyTX, I don't think we have as many as we use to have and there are so many things that eat their eggs or the caterpillars. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment and for the vote.


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SallyTX 3 years ago from Only In Texas!

Beautiful photos! We don't have bluebirds here, but I do see a few Monarchs each year; although, this year I think it was only one or two. When I was a child, they were plentiful, and I remember once seeing a small tree covered with them. My mother said that when she was a child, they would darken the sky and cover the trees as they made their way through north Texas on their migration to Mexico.

Voted up & beautiful! ;D


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Jackie Lynnley, Sometimes I can only get the pictures from inside the house out the window but whatever works I do it. My camera is small it takes at distance but not real well. Thanks so much for stopping by I appeciate it.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I love bluebirds, well all birds really and avian here has just got me interested in photographing them, I didn't think I could. Well I can't as good as you or her but I am starting to learn and earn trust and it is a great thing! Butterflies around me got more numerous this summer. I hope that is a sign they will continue to multiply.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

pstraubie48, Thanks so much for stopping by, glad you enjoyed the walk. I appreciate your comments.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

This was a lovely walk with you, Moonlake. I love to watch the birds and the butterflies in my yard. I have not seen any Monarchs since I moved to North Central Florida. I am sure they are here but none have visited. We have a lot of lovely yellow ones and they like to fly close to me when I am outside. The bluebirds are not abundan there either but lots and lots of both male and female robins. thank you so much for sharing with us... :) ps


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Eddy, Thanks so much for stopping by. We love the birds and butterflies in our garden.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Beautiful and so interesting. Great share.

Eddy.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Stephanie Henkel, The bluebird was also having problems with the Robin following him around the yard I don't know why. Robins don't build nest in boxes. Mrs. Bluebird wanted a bigger and better home this year I guess. Thank you for stopping by always nice to see you.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Monarchs and bluebirds - my favorite garden visitors! I so enjoyed your photographs and the story of your bluebirds' search for a nesting box. Our bluebirds are very fussy, too, and check out both boxes several times before deciding on their home. Sometimes they even start to build a nest in one of them and then move. I blame it on Mrs. Bluebird just being very hard to satisfy! :) Thanks for a beautiful hub!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Au fait, I don't mind thank you. So glad you dropped by. I loved your Glasswing Butterfly. I don't know if I read your other two hubs but will check them out. Thanks so much fro the vote and share.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

You have such fantastic photos! How lucky you are to live where you can enjoy the wildlife. I have put a link to this hub in 3 of my related hubs, I hope you don't mind. I think my readers who enjoy my 2 hubs on birds (Bob White and Whippoorwills) and the one on the Glasswing Butterfly would also enjoy this hub.

Voting you up, interesting, and beautiful. Will share.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Dolores Monet, Thank you it is nice in the spring when all the birds and butterflies come back. We have such long hard winters here we enjoy seeing all of this. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Oh moonlake - what a beautiful garden! What could be more wonderful than bluebirds and butterflies. That sounds like a kids' book or a song. I enjoyed reading this one so much!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

mary615, Our milkweed field just keeps growing and now I think there is another one starting. Here they can grow all they want no will plow them down. Thanks for stopping back by. You have a great evening.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I came back because I forgot to go to the site of the lady who does all the work for the butterflies. My next door neighbor grows lots of milkweed so the Monarchs will have food.

Hope you have a wonderful day!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

sgbrown, This year I can't look inside the birdhouse it's to high up. They are now feeding the babies. They must be getting big because parents seem to spend more time outside the nest.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for the votes.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

What a wonderful hub! I loved "walking around in your yard". Your information is excellent and your pictures are beautiful! I love it whenthe bluebirds come back in spring too. We have a pair that always nest near the house. I like to "check in" on the babies. I loved your hub! Voted up and more! Have a wonderful day!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Angelo52, Thank you for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the hub. I appreciate your comment.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Hi Mary, So glad you came by. I will check your hub. I don't think I have seen that one. I go down to the milkweed patch almost everyday to check and see if anything is happening. The monarchs are still flying around. Thanks for the vote and the share.


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

Beautiful introduction to your garden and the animals and plants that live there, even if only part time. Thanks for sharing.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I really enjoyed reading this Hub. I've never seen a Bluebird in my part of S. Fl. but we have Monarchs. It is hard to find Milkweed here, and of course they feed on the Milkweed. I found some plants locally and was able to "grow" some Monarchs. I hung a chrysalis on the Blue Orchid I received as a gift, and was able to get a good photo of him when he came out and into the world. If you want to see him, check out myHub on the Tropical Ranch Botanical Gardens.

I voted this Hub UP, and I'd like to share.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

billybuc, We were in the meadow yesterday and the monarchs are still mating. The milkweed in blossom now. The bluebirds have their little ones now. Thank you for stopping by and I always apprecitate comments.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

We were just watching the bluebirds yesterday and of course the Monarchs are always a welcome sight. What a journey those Monarchs take!

Great hub and pictures.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

ChristyWrites, Thanks you glad you like the photos. They are going in and out but I don't hear any babies yet. Thanks, for the vote and for stopping by.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I vote up and awesome! The photos are magnificent. My parents have birds coming to their birdhouses at their home. What a great hub.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, Thanks so much for stopping by. My poenies are just starting to open wide. The Monarch have kind of died down and now the yard has lots of swallowtail butterflies. The swallowtails like the camera more than the monarchs. Thanks for the vote.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Enjoyed seeing your bluebirds and the Monarch butterflies in all stages of growth. Also loved the flowers. We used to grow poenies up north. I miss seeing them. Voted up and beautiful. Thanks!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Hyphenbird, Glad you liked it. We were so happy to see the blue birds come back. They have been here since we moved here in 2005. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

RTalloni, I have to put the names on of the flowers, sometimes I don't even know the names even though they're growing in my garden. Thanks, so much for stopping by.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

anusujith, I'm glad you liked them thanks so much for stopping by.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Just lovely. I am happy to see the bluebirds making a return. They have been so scare in the last decade. Your pictures of the birds, flowers and description of your farm are wonderful. Your home is a great place for nature. Thank you for sharing it with us.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

How lovely to have bluebirds! I'm glad the monarchs are doing well, too. Your photos are beautiful. I recognize some of the flowers, but do not know the names of others.


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anusujith 4 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

wow!what a beauty.natural photos, really its beautiful.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

JamaGenne, We thought it was pretty funny. We were really hoping he wouldn't pick the little garden birdhouse. It's just really so small even though they have had their babies in it before it's low to the ground and not the safest place. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

How lovely! I thoroughly enjoyed Daddy Bluebird checking out the different homes available in your yard. Wouldn't you LOVE to know what he was thinking while looking at each? ;D


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Lesley, Thanks so much for stopping by glad you liked visiting my yard. One of these we will be able to stop covering the plants. I took a picture of the eggs of the monarch yesterday, now to get time to put them on. Thanks, for the vote.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I have so enjoyed visiting your backyard and I am so envious of your bluebirds and monarch's!

Your flowers are beautiful, thank you for sharing and voting up!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

aviannovice, Thank you, and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, I appreciate it.


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing and keep up the nice work.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

tillsontitan,Thanks, so much for stopping by glad you liked the pictures. I have I think better bluebird shots on my other hub. These were just hard to get. At least the flowers stood still I could get them with no problem.

Thanks, for the vote.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I think bluebirds are so pretty. They nest at my father-in-laws as he has open fields around. I live in a development and have never seen one here.

Your hub was interesting but your pictures, they are amazing. I know the bluebird ones were difficult but the flowers! Calenar material for sure.

Voted up, awesome and beautiful.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

kashmir56, Thank you, glad you liked the hub. Thanks so much for the vote and for stopping by.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Thanks for all this interesting information within this well written hub, loved all the beautiful photos as well.

Vote up and more !!!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Bob, Thanks for stopping by and visiting my hub I appreciate it.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Joyce, That would be a good idea I never thought of doing that. I was really having a hard time getting good pictures. Bluebird was not happy with me. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment and thanks for the vote.


diogenes 4 years ago

Hoon. I have written about the Monarchs on here and in various newspapers. And visited their retreat in Michoacan in Mexico. They don't hibernate down there but have fun in the sun!

Their migrations, spread over 4 generations, are incredible.

Bob


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Moonlake, Your photos are amazing. There's one of our hubber friends making calendars with her wonderful photos, maybe you could as well.

Vote up beautiful and interesting, Joyce.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Minnetonka Twin, Thank you, I'm so glad you liked it. It is beautiful when spring comes in our yard. Thanks, for stopping by.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

What a beautful slide show of nature's beauty. I hit many buttons.

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