… Crazy Caterpillar Lady. Last summer I was beguiled by baby hummingbirds. This summer I’ve been captivated by caterpillars and enthralled by stunning Monarch butterflies. Bringing caterpillars and chrysalides home have had a domino-effect of complementary activities:
I’ve bought & planted milkweed. And I’ve grown/planted milkweed from cuttings.
Helpful links: http://www.monarchwatch.org/milkweed/prop.htm
I’ve released my baby butterflies in the backyard – had them dry their new wings – on the milkweed I planted. They’ve laid lots of eggs!
I’ve attempted to grow pentas from cuttings (slow process, so I just bought a gallon-size penta).
Helpful link: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/make-cuttings-pentas-72098.html
http://forums.gardenweb.com/discussions/1926357/easiest-way-to-root-penta-cuttings (3rd comment down, juneroses)
I have harvested milkweed seed…
Helpful link: http://www.ourhabitatgarden.org/creatures/milkweed-growing.html
Growing from seed instructions & trimming instructions to promote thicker growth: http://www.livemonarch.com/growinginstructions.htm
Buying inexpensive small live milkweed plants: http://www.livemonarch.com/store_plants.php
The last milkweed cutting I brought home apparently had butterfly eggs on it, as baby caterpillars showed up about a week later. So yesterday I decided to go ahead and build a cheap domicile for them… (btw, all thanks to Anita for this geniously inexpensive and easy-to-make caterpillar habitat!)
Helpful link: http://forums.gardenweb.com/discussions/1786871/homemade-rearing-eclosing-cage
There. Hopefully, I’ve remembered & listed all the helpful sites, so I can easily find them again after I forget all this :-p.