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To help with supplies and my time, a donation of $5 per family for a butterfly release(s) is recommended, but not required. Donating will not get your release done quicker or bump you up on the list, but is GREATLY appreciated. Thank you again for the support!
All the Monarch caterpillars are gathered from milkweed in our yard. The wild, female Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on this milkweed. Once I see a catepillar, I move it into my butterfly cage to protect it from birds, wasps and tachnid flies. I continually add fresh milkweed into the cage to provide plenty of food for all the caterpillars. Once they finish growing and completing 5 instar stages, they crawl to the top of the cage and make their chrysalis. When they emerge (about 10 days later), I release them. This isn't a quick thing to tend to. There are plenty of hours dedicated to restocking their food, cleaning up the frass (caterpillar poop - A LOT of caterpillar poop) and moving caterpillars one by one to new plants. However, as tedious as it is...it is so worth it. To all the little angels...you will never be forgotten...and always be missed.
I thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday and the day before that too. I think of you in silence. I often say your name. But all I have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is my keepsake, with which I'll never part. God has you in His keeping. I have you in my heart. I shed tears for what might have been. A million times I've cried. If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. In life I loved you dearly. In death I love you still. In my heart you hold a place, no one can ever fill. It broke my heart to lose you, but you didn't go alone. For part of me went with you, the day God took you home. -Author unknown
Our butterfly watchers...
A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam. And for a brief moment, it's glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies on again. And though we wished it could have stayed, we feel so lucky to have seen it.