Lots to release this morning.
We've been busy raising dozens of monarchs as well as black swallowtails, tiger swallowtails and other species. Please join us in our backyard Friday, Aug. 4, from 6:30-7:30 pm to hear about how we attract and raise various native butterflies. 112 Imperial St, Park Ridge, IL. Please bring a chair if you can!
Our first fritillary cat ever!
Come join local author Sue Fox McGovern as she speaks about the process of raising butterflies at Wild Birds Unlimited in Palos Park Saturday, August 20, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Throughout the summer, Sue finds eggs from monarchs, black swallowtails, tiger swallowtails, and red admirals in her backyard and raises each species. She will bring in various eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalises to view at the talk. Check out her website at http://BackyardButterflies.com and her book "Raising Monarchs: Caring for One of God's Graceful Creatures" by visiting the online bookstore at Sunbury Press or on Amazon. Come celebrate the beauty of summer with her! Seating is limited, please call (708) 361-8726 to register for this free event.
Go Green Park Ridge and Sue Fox McGovern
Thursday, June 9th, 2016, at 7pm - Park Ridge Library
The Monarch butterfly population, once so abundant in North America, has declined 90% in the past 20 years. Author Sue Fox McGovern will demonstrate her methods for raising monarchs, and Go Green Park Ridge will provide information on creating safe butterfly habitat throughout Park Ridge.
We found a tiger swallowtail egg on our tulip tree sapling in mid-August and welcomed the tiny black and white caterpillar that hatched August 19. We watched the cat hang out in its bed of silk most the of day and wander onto the tulip tree leaves in our container to eat at night. We loved seeing it molt from its black and white self into a sea of green with its large fake eyespots! Plus, it loved to cozy up behind a leaf in its bed and hide from us. It finally turned brown and formed its chrysalis September 24. The tiger swallowtail butterfly, one of our nation's biggest butterflies, will eclose sometime in June 2016. Stay tuned!
We're in the process of saying goodbye to our remaining monarch butterflies. What a great year for monarchs! Looking forward to hearing the reports about the overwintering population in Mexico.
We discovered twelve black swallowtail eggs on our parsley August 31, and the cats are now preparing to become chrysalises. They will overwinter on our unheated back porch and emerge as stunning black swallowtail butterflies in late May or June. Enjoy the winter, guys! See you in spring.