Monarch, Captive-Reared
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Date: 01/16/2022

Number: 4

I previously reported seeing monarch caterpillars outside. I brought in a few large ones just before our first freeze on January 3. 5 of them made chrysalids. 4 eclosed between January 13 and 16. They were all healthy, 3 female and 1 male. The 5th never eclosed. I tried feeding them grapes and cantaloupe but never saw them eat. On January 16 it was 60 degrees and they were quite rambunctious. I decided to let them loose even though I knew the forecast was for more freezing weather over the next couple of weeks. It was emotionally difficult but perhaps my data will help you get a picture of the increasing winter activity in the southeast.

Fairhope, AL

Latitude: 30.5 Longitude: -87.8

Observed by: Mary
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