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Are organic plants safe for caterpillars?

It depends. One of the most popular pesticides around is one used for the express purpose of killing caterpillars. It is 100% organic and can be used on plants that are certified organic. Read more by clicking on this sentence. … Continue reading

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Why do I need to know about dogbane?

Dogbane is a plant that so strongly resembles milkweed that many people, including those experienced in the field, can be fooled it it. Monarch caterpillars will not eat it. Dogbane is related to milkweed and the Milkweed Tussock Moth (actually … Continue reading

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Say WHAT?

If you’re tired of caterpillars dying from disease pathogens on the leaves they eat, it’s time to consider disinfecting their food before you feed it to them. It’s easy and kills the pathogens that kill our caterpillars. Check it out … Continue reading

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Where are the butterflies?

It’s cold out there. It’s too cold for butterflies to fly, caterpillars to crawl, chrysalises to emerge, or eggs to hatch. So where are butterflies and moths? Simple! Many are right there in your garden, right in front of your … Continue reading

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Tagging Monarchs

It is that time of year! Many people are now tagging Monarch butterflies to help with the study on migration. If you would like to learn how to tag Monarch butterflies, you can learn more about it by clicking on … Continue reading

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Small Butterflies are Delightful!

We tend to notice what is bright and colorful but many of our beautiful butterflies are tiny.

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‘Monarch Promise’ Milkweed

We’re delighted that ‘Monarch Promise’ was released this spring. Every time we see it, we are struck all over again with its beauty. Supplies are limited, we discovered. The wholesale nursery that has the rights to sell wholesale to other … Continue reading

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Butterfly Farming (Butterfly Breeding) The How-to Seminar

Are you considering starting your own butterfly farm? We offer one to three day seminars, teaching all aspects of the business. Guests from 13 different countries have attended our seminars or internships, learning the in’s and out’s of butterfly breeding. … Continue reading

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Why can’t we remove OE from nature once and for all?

Why can’t we remove OE from nature once and for all? Ophryocystis elektroscirrha is here to stay? There are several reasons: 1) it is estimated that at least 1/3 of Monarchs in the US have OE to one degree or … Continue reading

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Black Swallowtail Butterfly Chrysalises

Can you tell which is which? If you find these two chrysalises, or just one of them, will you know what species of butterfly you found? The good news is that it really doesn’t matter. Either leave it where you … Continue reading

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