Butterfly FAQ: Is it OK to relocate a Monarch chrysalis after its formed? Answer: Yes, and here’s some tips on what to keep in mind when you do.… Read More
Milkweed Guide, Vladimir Nabokov, How to Make Seedballs and a trip to the Monarch Butterfly Roosting Spot all made the Top Five Blogposts at the Texas Butterfly Ranch. Check out our most widely read posts and chime in to let us know why they’re popular.… Read More
Ever wonder about the best way to raise caterpillars at home for fun? I do, and experiment all the time–with mixed success. That’s why I’m so looking forward to the Austin Butterfly Forum’s “How to Raise Caterpillars” meeting on Monday, … Read More
According to Monarch Watch, the citizen scientist program that monitors the Monarch butterfly migration and started the tagging program, monarch caterpillars consume 200x their birthweight in milkweed leaves in about a two-week period. Commercial butterfly breeders suggest that a single caterpillar can easily decimate an entire one-gallon milkweed plant–175 leaves per caterpillar. Of course, it depends on the milkweed you supply. Our native Texas milkweed, Antelope Horns, Asclepias asperula, is much heftier than the Tropical Milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, found in nuseries right now–like a beef steak compared to lettuce. Yet, when the Monarchs are flying, any milkweed is better than none.
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The San Antonio Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas is staging the second annual Native San Antonio Festival this Saturday, March 26 from 10 – 2 PM at the Land Heritage Institute. Activities include tree giveaways, a native plant … Read More
Millions of Monarch butterflies are heading to Texas for Spring Break, but who’s got milkweed for them to host and nectar on? Fortunately, some local nurseries have “got milkweed” in stock.… Read More
Where’s the milkweed? Monarch butterflies will be arriving soon and the Boerne chapter of NPSOT will stage a free milkweed workshop next Tuesday. Let’s get our gardens ready this spring and put out a welcome mat for migrating Monarch butterflies… Read More