Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Visitor in My Garden

A short while ago, as I walked through my butterfly garden, I spotted a long-awaited visitor – a lovely Monarch butterfly. If you have been following this blog, you have read my previous posts on Designing a Butterfly Garden, which have been the fruit of my beginning research on this topic. What fun I have had watching my own butterfly garden take form!

The Monarch may have explored my little garden before, but today I was there to see it for myself. Even more exciting, it fluttered from the vicinity of the milkweed, which I can only hope means it was laying its eggs on this, its favorite birthing locale.

I quickly left the garden so I wouldn’t scare it away, but later I will check under the milkweed leaves to see if there are any eggs. Then I need to do some more research to find out whether this same butterfly will return to its eggs, should they be present, or leave its progeny to fend for themselves. If anyone has that information at hand, please comment. If you love butterflies as I do and have any useful tips, feel free to comment as well.
                                                                                    ~ Laura Allen Nonemaker

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