Sunday, August 18, 2013

There Were Some Monarchs In Canada This Year

Friend of mine is one of the country's foremost lepidopterists and spends a lot of time searching for and documenting butterflies in Eastern Ontario, not far from Ottawa.

He has documented three Monarch butterflies this year - two in the wild, and one he raised to maturity from an egg.  It took only 34 days from when the egg was laid till the adult Monarch was released!

(He likes to say that, to see butterfly eggs, you have to drive really, really slowly.)

On that note, I've had several Giant Swallowtails around my house this summer, and I'm still searching for either an egg, larva or chrysalis.  No luck so far.  And I have miles of Prickly Ash just across and down the road from the house.

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