Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hungry Mouths

In addition to ourselves, Ted and I feed a few other creatures…

Oops - put suet on the grocery list...
…right after dog treats.
We have a few fish too. An almost-full can of fish food went into Toby's gullet last week. *sigh*
 But for two weeks now, we've had a number of other hungry mouths to feed. Twenty-two were in the first wave of monarch caterpillars. A week later we had nine more!


So, as the first group became chrysalises, the second was voracious with a lot of growing to do. I was worried about our four little milkweeds having enough leaves for them!



Thankfully, today they've started looking for spots to attach and pupate. 

Our decimated milkweeds made it to the finish line - barely.

"May I join you?"
 And then yesterday Ted looked up and found a lone escapee who somehow got halfway across the gazebo and up to its ceiling!




9 comments:

  1. I have a special fondness for the monarch as I had one in grade 3:)

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    1. That's such a nice memory and made a big impression obviously!

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  2. i don't think i'd get any work done if those guys were at my house. i'm fascinated by the process and i'd want to be watching them all day. thanks so much for sharing.
    wags, bailey unleashed

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    1. That's pretty much how it's been. I'm worried sick for them right now - we moved them outside in anticipation of hatching and it's rained nonstop for 2 days. Fingers crossed.

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  3. it's great to watch this phenomenon via your blog :o) you eat fish food Toby? really? I ate chicken food once, boy that was an adventure LOL

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    1. Ewww, that must have been interesting. So far nothing I've eaten has ever bothered my tummy - fish food, walnut oil, 6 raw chicken breasts, 1 1/2 pumpkin pies, 3 dozen cookies, a whole loaf of bread…it all just makes me so happy. Doesn't make my people happy though. They're just weird. Your pal, Toby

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  4. Oh how exciting to have the Monarch's to watch.
    MOLMOL Toby I hope you didn't grow gills after you ate fishie food
    Hugs madi your bfff

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    1. BOL no I just had seaweed breath Madi!

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  5. Really enjoying your butterfly adventure! Guess you'll be planting more milkweed in the future!

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