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May 05 2021

  • Saw Baby Possum
  • Treated propery for Fire Ants , using a bait that sterilized the females
  • Saw the first fresh Monarch Butterfly, a female

 

Bobcat at feeding table

Gar fish

Posted in Census, Predator, 2021

May 03 2021

Caretkaers set up butterfly enclosure with an Antelope Horn milkweed plant to house found Monarch Caterpillars

Posted in Census, Habitat, 2021

May 03 2021

Walking Stick bug

Caretakers built a wooden structure in an open filed of Antelope Horn milkweed plants to provide a place for Monarch Caterpillars to climb and pupate into a Chrysalis.

This Monarch Caterpillar is using the new wooden structure.

Posted in Census, Habitat, 2021

April 30 2021

  • Observations of Monarch habitat

An Antelope Horn milkweed flower with several stems denuded of leaves at the base of an Ashe Juniper tree, indicating Monarch Catrepillar activity.

Antelope Horn milkweed flowers beside an Agarita plant. The stems of the milkweed are similarly defoliated as the photo above. Antelope Horn milkweeds further away from trees and shrubs rarely if ever show signs of caterpillar activity.

Two Monarch Caterpillars feeding on Antelope Horn milkweed plants next to a pole barn roof support pole. Caterpillars are often found on the underside of the leaves. Caretakers suspect that a female lays her eggs on milkweed plants fairly near a structure so that the caterpillar has better success to safely pupate into a crysalis, without having to cover open ground very far or struggle through tall grass and thatch.

The Tachinid Fly is a predator of the Monarch Caterpillars. It lays eggs inside the Caterpillar, evidence of this predator is seen with a thin string hanging below the Chrysalis. When the fly's eggs hatch, they eat the inside of the caterpillar and/or Chrysalis. Other predators include Ladybugs who have been observed searching Antelope Horn plants looking to eat very small Monarch eggs.

Posted in Census, Habitat, 2021

April 28 2021

Successsful Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis using the old crate that caretakers provided in the Anetlope Horn field on April 25.

Posted in Census, Habitat, 2021

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