Monarch butterfly release

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  1. BjornBee

    BjornBee New Member

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    Here are some of the Monarch butterflies the kids released this year. Most hatched out in the past two weeks. This is a great learning experience for the kids.

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  2. Hobie

    Hobie New Member

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    It is a great experience! I never saw it myself until I was 46 years old, and it is still awe-inspiring.

    On a somewhat related note, my nephew retrieved an odd-looking caterpillar from the bottom (yes, submerged!) of a lake. It turned out to be a luna moth caterpillar, and as they looked it up, it came back to life. It was acting strangely, and after a little more research, my sister and son decided perhaps it was ready to pupate. (When they are ready, they drop from the tree onto the forest floor and make a cocoon using the dead leaf litter. This one had apparently fallen into the water.) They gathered some leaves, and within hours, it had made a full cocoon. They have brought the cocoon onto their unheated porch so they can watch it emerge in the spring.