Hey, I'm a friend to nature and I like to be involved with conservation efforts. I talked my hubby into letting me build a Pollinator's Paradise in our backyard. It's fully established now and I've got three tropical milkweed plants and we finally noticed 3-4 monarchs flying and feeding around them. Earlier last week 11/27/23 I noticed lots of various sized caterpillars. Today, 12/4/23 update: 12 that I've found have either become a "J" or have fully turned into a chrysalis. I've got 20-30 more caterpillars that will still need to transform. They're almost ready. I did order a butterfly mesh habitat to keep them safe and as soon as it arrives, I will safely transplant them into the mesh to hang until they emerge as butterflies. Once their wings dry, I'll release them into my yard to feed on other pollen producing flowers and some fruit slices. I do intend to cut the milkweed down for the winter as soon as all these chubbypillars stop feeding. Anything I can do to help and plant other host plants for various others species, please let me know. I'm down for it!!!
Panama City, FL
Latitude: 30.2 Longitude: -85.7
Observed by: Cheri
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