Eyes of March

hatched Mar 14 2019

Here is our first new monarch of March 2019. It is one of eight chrysalides we expect to emerge in coming days, our record at any one time for the five years we’ve been involved in butterfly gardening. The reason for so many successful formations of chrysalides may be related to unusually frequent rains in recent weeks. We wonder if constant rain kept predators at bay. Look for more posts, now that our spring visitors are active and seven more butterfies-in-waiting are dangling on bars of wooden trellises and expected to emerge soon. We even have one chrysalis protected inside a net enclosure inside our house (why we took this step, and the outcome, will be the topic of a future post)