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The Monarch Miracle…continued

When the first part of this blog was posted our caterpillar was still inside its chrysalis; and it stayed inside for about 14 days. I was starting to wonder if something went wrong – usually the chrysalis becomes translucent but the one hanging outside our door was still very green. Was the butterfly ever going to emerge? Like a doting parent, I checked on it several times a day hoping that I would catch the moment when it began to crawl out of the chrysalis. As luck would have it, I came i...

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The Monarch Miracle

When you see a Monarch butterfly flitting past, have you ever paused to think about that insect's remarkable life? Not many insects have as interesting a journey as the Monarch butterfly. This summer we had the opportunity to witness the beginning of this insect's amazing life. I'd like to share it with you.


This story really began early in the summer when a lone milkweed plant began growing outside the Stackhouse Education Center. Having studied Monarch butterflies in the past, ...

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What's Beautiful Now? August 2016

August is upon us and with it brings not only the hum of Dog Day Cicadas (Tibicen canicularis), but  fabulous summer flowers and the bugs who love them.  The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) has kindly allowed me to use it as a model in many of the following shots.

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