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Black Witches and Monarch Madness

It's Halloween at Happinest!  This year's costumes were an obvious choice...a butterfly and bee!
Also, it was an incredible busy month rearing Monarchs.  Here are the numbers:
163 eggs or small caterpillars were collected between 9/17-9/21 from both our Farmette and public Monarch Waystation; many were not viable.Every bit of milkweed, from tropical, swan plant, and crown flower was exhausted...I even had to pinch some from my mother and our shop garden/Monarch Waystation.Milkweed poisoning is a real thing!  I blinded myself in my left eye for a period of 3 days and it still hurts here and there!3 Butterflies were sadly euthanized; one, I believed got chewed in chrysalis by an eager caterpillar; the other two fell immediately out of the chrysalis, crumpling their wings.However, 44 were released...24 Females and 20 Males between 10/12 and 10/29.  Of the 44, 15 were selected and tagged as part of the Monarch Watch program. This was quite a fantastic year; never did I imagine so …

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