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Don’t give up!

Things go wonderfully well in our indoor rearing area and then disaster happens. Caterpillars die. Chrysalises pupate deformed. Adults don’t emerge or emerge crippled. It’s easy to want to give up. Hang in there! Remember, nature is against you. It … Continue reading

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Caterpillars and pet tick medication

Can pets with tick medication and caterpillars co-exist in the same home? Yes, they can. These medications are actually pesticides/insecticides. They are safe for mammals but not for insects. The different active ingredients in different brands work by various methods. … Continue reading

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Why do so many butterflies die?

In nature, butterflies have so many enemies, from egg through adult. Why? Math is the answer. Simple math. Check it out here.

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Have you frozen your milkweed leaves yet this year?

It’s the time of year when common milkweed has nice big leaves. That means it is time to cut, disinfect, and freeze milkweed leaves for emergency times. Check it out by clicking on this sentence. Those of us in the … Continue reading

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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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