Monarch Hunt

In Abbie, Desi, Joshua, Les, Luke, Paul by Les BrownLeave a Comment

Monarch HuntThis weekend we took the kids on a little adventure. Some of our friends have been collecting monarch butterfly eggs and then watching them hatch into caterpillars and eventually, metamorphosize into butterflies. It’s a fun project for the kids and they get to learn some pretty cool stuff in the process. There’s a field not too far from our house that is known to be a good spot to find eggs so we headed on over and traipsed around in there until we did. It was pretty cool.

The eggs are found on Milkweed. The monarch caterpillars feed exclusively on milkweed so the butterflies stick their eggs on milkweed plants so that when they hatch the caterpillars can start eating right away. It took a little while but with some help from photos friends sent and a chance meeting with Chrys Mundy out at the field, we found some milkweed plants with eggs and got them home. Paul sat in an antbed and got about a dozen bites, but other than that, it was a great day hanging out with the fam outside.

Hopefully we’ll have pics of our caterpillars and butterflies very soon.