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Butterflies!!!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Bettacreek, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Alright, I admit, this may be better in the pet section, but I'm not sure, since it may fit with gardening better. Either way, it's here and if a mod wants to move it, please feel free to do so.

    Anyways, with my milkweed crafting, I decided to do some google searches to see what all can be done with the plants. Of course, I ended up sidetracking and reading about monarch butterflies. That lead me off to reading about painted lady butterflies, and eventually to silkworms. So, me, being me, I plan to raise monarch butterflies next year. I also plan to grow a mulberry bush (debating between weeping or a regular dwarf) come spring, and raise silkworms. The silkworms can be started whenever I feel like putting cash towards the eggs or larvae, because I bought powdered mulberry leaves this spring for just this purpose.
    I even found one thing where people were using those small mesh pop-up laundry hamper things from the dollar store for their butterfly homes. How absolutely perfect and cheap! Now, my only problem is that the monarchs are pretty expensive... But, if I can breed them myself, I can release some and not worry about having to buy anymore. The silkworms can be used to produce raw silk as well. [​IMG]


    If anyone is interested in butterfly release, please check out this page: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/permits/organism/downloads/decision_chart.pdf
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2009
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    The member Monarc on here raises them. She hasnt been on in a while though. [​IMG] MAybe try to PM her?
     
  3. blckbrnfamly

    blckbrnfamly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    huh... that sounds really cool!! [​IMG]
     
  4. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Monarc as in Niki? I didn't know that! Plus she lives close enough to me... I'll have to send her a message. I've been keeping in loose contact with her through facebook/myspace, so she's not too hard to get ahold of. [​IMG] Thanks, I'm glad you told me!
     
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:No prob! tell her i say Hi! and i worry about her.. good luck!
     
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Well this may sound utterly weird of me, and they are directly related to butterflies - But I actually raise and keep track of my local moths. Since there are SO many types, each so unique, and in this area - There is so little known about them - I survey, photograph, and occasionally raise them. They are no where near as beautifully ornate as the east coast ones or the ones from other countries, but interesting anyway.

    I keep track of the butterflies around here too, I have even grown a garden for both - But I find it difficult to photograph the butterflies. They're so panicky and flighty, and there is no absolute method to photograph them like there is with moths. (that I know of)

    ( my data is here )
     
  7. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Bettacreek, your inbox is full.
     
  8. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    HorseJody, I just got your email and responded. Sorry for no updates. [​IMG]

    Redhen, she says that she misses you too. [​IMG] I don't think she'll be back here anytime soon, but hopefully she'll eventually return. She's a valuable resource of information.
     
  9. babylady4

    babylady4 Mother Goose

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    I do that every year with my kids. They are experts at raising monarchs and sexing them. I would love to join one of the tagging programs!
     
  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Betta..when you get your butterfiles going..you could make BIG bucks for weddings..
    I paid BIG bucks for some to release at my wedding..it was soo awesome.. [​IMG]
    Something to think about..
     

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