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Date: Mon, 7 Oct 2019 15:41:22 -0400
From: Doug Allen (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Successful lift-off

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Like others, we've been having a lot of monarchs coming through, as many as
8 on our lantana.. Back in mid-August I was in Maine, and there were a lot
of Monarchs and cats at my sister's near Wiscasset and at the wonderful
Coastal Maine Botanical gardens in Boothbay. Everyone there said it was a
very good year for monarchs.

I have planted Common milkweed and butterfly weed here for quite a few
years. This was the first year I saw a monarch laying eggs on the
milkweed. This was about a month ago.. Soon there were 8 cats, and I
watched them grow up, gave two to a friend who had milkweed, and put one
indoors in a terrarium with milkweed. It soon became a chrysalis. I
couldn't find the chrysalises outdoors.

Today when I got up, a large Monarch had emerged from that little
chrysalis- amazing. When it started to move its wings a little, I placed
the screen from the top of the terrarium, where the chrysalis was attached
and where the butterfly was holding on, outdoors on a chair, a few feet
from a lantana bush. It was cool and cloudy, but already two monarchs were
nectaring in our lantana.

. Within 40 minutes our new youngster was crawling around, and opening and
closing its wings, It crawled to the edge of the screen frame and fell
into foot high grass and seemed to be struggling to get out of the grass.
My wife and I watched. Feeling parental, I rescued it and put it on my
wrist where it stayed for 5 minutes sometimes opening and closing its
wings. Then I coaxed it to cling to a lantana flower where it stayed for
30 minutes until the sun broke through the clouds, and it took its first
short flight of a few feet and then began nectaring most of the next hour,
but at one point another Monarch swooped by, and it flew up and two two did
a little dance!

About 15 minutes after the dance it flew up and back to the lantana a few
times and then it joined another monarch, possibly its sibling, and they
both flew southwest over the top of our hill toward Texas and Mexico.

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<div dir=3D"ltr">Like others, we&#39;ve been having a lot of monarchs comin=
g through, as many as 8 on our lantana..=C2=A0 Back in mid-August I was in =
Maine, and there were a lot of Monarchs and cats at my sister&#39;s near Wi=
scasset and at the wonderful Coastal Maine Botanical gardens in Boothbay.=
=C2=A0 Everyone there said it was a very good year for monarchs.<div><br></=
div><div>I have planted Common milkweed and butterfly weed here for quite a=
few years.=C2=A0 This was the first year I saw a monarch laying eggs on th=
e milkweed.=C2=A0 This was about a month ago..=C2=A0 Soon there were 8 cats=
, and I watched them grow up, gave two to a friend who had milkweed, and pu=
t one indoors in a terrarium with milkweed.=C2=A0 It soon became a chrysali=
s.=C2=A0 I couldn&#39;t find the chrysalises outdoors.=C2=A0=C2=A0</div><di=
v><br></div><div>Today when I got up, a large Monarch had emerged from that=
little chrysalis- amazing.=C2=A0 When it started to move its wings a littl=
e, I placed the screen from the top of the terrarium, where the chrysalis w=
as attached and where the butterfly was holding on, outdoors on a chair, a =
few feet from a lantana bush. It was cool and cloudy, but already two monar=
chs were nectaring in our lantana.</div><div><br></div><div>.=C2=A0 Within =
40 minutes our new youngster was crawling around, and opening and closing i=
ts wings,=C2=A0 It crawled to the edge of the screen frame and fell into fo=
ot high grass and seemed to be struggling to get out of the grass.=C2=A0 My=
wife and I watched.=C2=A0 =C2=A0Feeling parental, I rescued it and put it =
on my wrist where it stayed for 5 minutes sometimes opening and closing its=
wings.=C2=A0 Then I coaxed it to cling to a lantana flower where it stayed=
for 30 minutes until the sun broke through the clouds, and it took its fir=
st short flight of a few feet and then began nectaring most of the next hou=
r, but at one point another Monarch swooped by, and it flew up and two two =
did a little dance!=C2=A0=C2=A0</div><div><br></div><div>About 15 minutes a=
fter the dance it flew up and back to the lantana a few times and then it j=
oined another monarch, possibly its sibling, and they both flew southwest o=
ver the top of our hill toward Texas and Mexico.=C2=A0</div></div>

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