The milkweed patch is growing fast and the butterfly weed has burst into bright orange blooms. The monarch butterflies will soon be arriving – and we will be ready!
Each year I collect monarch eggs, carefully remove them to a protected area where I care for the leaves and then the caterpillars – and then the chrysalis – until, finally, the brand new monarch butterfly breaks into the world!
It is a rewarding hobby. In 2015 we released over 100 monarchs.
Other families in this area raise butterflies too. One of those families are the Lecroys. They have turned their ‘regular’ urban yard into a sanctuary for bees, birds and butterflies.
My new book, Becky the Butterfly Girl, takes readers for a tour of their yard, led by 6 year old Becky. It is entertaining and educational too! Children love to learn about animal and bugs.
The ‘Becky Book’ is available on Amazon Kindle Books and also in a paperback version. Enjoy!
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