Monarch Butterflies

by Chloe Jeffreys · 20 comments

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I spied this group of Monarch Butterflies down at the Delta at the Lake where we took the Labradors on Friday. I think they were doing the wild-thing which reminded me of the time that we did a silkworm experiment with the kids when we were homeschooling.

My sister-in-law gave us the little eggs on Mulberry Leaves.  How cute, right?

First, the little larvae hatched right before our vacation to the Grand Canyon, so we had to take them with us.  I tried to abandon the experiment, but Wolfie and Rachel cried until I agreed we could take them with us.

As far as I’m concerned, if you’ve never had to take larvae on a vacation in a 1980 VW Vanagon then you can’t really claim to be a homeschooler.

Somehow they survived the trip.

When we got home they became chrysalises.

Then they hatched.

Then our children watched in horror as they mated with each other.  Wolfie was especially upset and wanted us to break up the “fight”.

Ahhhhh. The circle of life.

Monarchs live on milkweed and there is an abundance of it around the delta where we took the dogs swimming.

I’m kinda especially proud of this picture:

I took these photos with my Canon PowerShot SX110IS on the Portrait setting.

Tomorrow is Man Candy Monday and my very first ever giveaway. And this week The Fun Girls will be doing a series on skincare and having our own giveaway.

Have a blessed Sunday and a great week and I hope to see you tomorrow!

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Rachel July 26, 2011 at 7:26 am

I had forgotten that we took the silkworms on vacation! Fun times. 🙂

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Anne July 26, 2011 at 4:23 am

Great pictures! You don't need a DSLR.

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Chloe July 24, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Ahhhh. Yes. There is candy and a man tomorrow.

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Chloe July 24, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Yeah, I like that one two. They seemed oblivious to the dogs. I got very close to them to take the pictures and they ignored me too.

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Chloe July 24, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Thanks. They were beautiful.

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Chloe July 24, 2011 at 11:32 pm

This is a fun project to do with kids, isn't it? And relatively easy if you don't have to haul them around on vacation.

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Chloe July 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Thanks, Andrea!

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Chloe July 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Yep, but I've actually been learning how to use it now.

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Chloe July 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm

They sure do, don't they?

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Chloe July 24, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I understand that they only live on milkweed. I feel terrible because I pulled one out a few weeks back not thinking what it was.

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Missus Wookie July 24, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Oh pretty! We've really not seen many this year – cold wet spring wasn't good for them. I've missed them.

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Robin July 24, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I just love butterflies. They make the world a better place.

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Jmmom July 24, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Great pictures!! Is this the same camera you had on our trip?

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Andrea July 24, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Beautiful pics, Chloe!

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Catherine July 24, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Amazing pictures!

We once took our chrysallis to Family Camp with us because the kids were sure the butterfly would come out while we were gone. It didn't. We hauled the jar back home with us and missed the grand appearance because it happened while we were all asleep. The next year, though, we had a cooperative butterfly who agreed to hatch while we were at home, awake, and in the same room. I do love homeschooling!

Have a great weekend!!

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Sandy Brand-Morell July 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Beautiful! What a wonderful experience!

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Kristy Plata July 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Like the one where you can see the dog's leg's in the water. I'm surprised the dogs didn't try to chase them? Cool photos!

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Margaret Hollingsworth July 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Giveaway+Man Candy Monday = ??? Are you giving away man candy? My interest is piqued!

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Chloe July 24, 2011 at 2:48 pm

My brain is so tired from being clever. Maybe a nice picture of Madeline Kahn to show how tired I am from being clever would suffice.

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Susan in the Boonies July 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Nice! Your picture tabs are very, very nice. Although you have a page that says "Navigate this blog, I suggest you write something on this page to say: "click on these pictures to be transported" or something more clever but akin to that.

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