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As of this morning, i counted 17 chrysalis that look to hatch soon. Went for a cup of coffee and there are 3 more butterflies. It is raining now so hoping for a break in the weather to release them. In the mean time, house kitties are on lock-down.
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7 more this morning! I had to euthanize one from yesterday, the wings were malformed and it wasn't able to fly. We are getting rain and wind from Florence and the butterflies want to go so put the vase of flowers under the canopy on the deck so they can judge when its safe to go. Not good having butterflies loose in the house with kitties looking at the cute new toys!
 

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Well, spring is almost here! I haven't even started to clean out the butterfly garden as my koi get 1st priority. I over wintered 6 black swallowtail chrysilas and they are hatching. The weather is still cool so guess I should have waited to bring them in. one hatched a few days ago and I have been trying hard to keep my kitties from it. Today another hatched. Also a male. I was going to release the older one today but they started fighting! Both have been released to go feast on the neighbors blooming trees. Not bringing any bugs in this year!
 
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Oh no! I would not be able to sleep knowing they were in the house.
They are well contained! The bees are clustered around the queen on the left hand side.
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@addy1 Wow look at all those bees! Very cool looking and right there on you kitchen counter! When all is quiet from tv sounds etc. can you hear them buzzing or does that happen only when flying?
 

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You can hear them over the TV. Non stop buzzing.
I spray them lightly with sugar water for food. they have a can of sugar water but only two sm holes. Spraying them gives them more food to eat.
We picked them up to late to hive. It was a cold night. 22f
 
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Just hope they don't keep you awake at night but then maybe it relaxes you so you can sleep better @addy1
 

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Lol dont hear them in the bedroom. And they settle down when it is dark. You can hear the hives from everywhere in our yard.
 
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Good property protection from those who don't know bees.................who would enter a place w/all those bees sounding off!
Better than a ferocious Doberman
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I am guarded by those little stinging bugs everywhere in the yard. Occasionally one decides I am a real threat (when working the yard not the hives). Occasionally that one that will not go away but keeps bumping me (warning signs), it gets squished. Hate to do it, but hate getting stung also. They get tangled in my hair all of the time.
 
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Finally getting the butterfly garden cleaned out. A lot of the plants from last year came back. I planted seed to fill in but think I may have overdone it. 72count trays of 4 kinds of milkweed plus 10 other trays of other plants & herbs. Just got the last put in today and have most of leaves and debris cleared so will be ready for the butterfly invasion. We already have tiger and black swallowtails as well as several smaller species. Ponds are cleaned and basically self sufficient now so bugs getting the attention.
 

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Spotted the first monarch today! A female who would not pose for the camera. I suspect she is laying eggs. The native milkweed is just starting to bloom but the other varieties are still small yet. Hopefully they will get to grow before the hungry caterpillars get them.
 

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I've been seeing a few around here too! Lot's of Swallow Tails also.
 
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I just love this the pollinators need help and places to have their babies feed and grow. I worked within the school system here when my kids were young and we design butterfly garden and the kindergarteners would grow monarchs and they would set them free in the butterfly garden. What a wonderful time it was and I have created many of my perennial beds specifically for the monarchs and other butterflies and pollinators that entertain my garden. I just saw my first Monarch today and I know he's headed for Canada. What an amazing journey they take. Hope to go down to Texas in the fall sometime and watch them cross over into Mexico it's on my bucket list So glad there's other butterfly folks out there it's been a passion mine for decades.
 

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I was shocked when I looked outside at the garden. I just watered this morning and there are over a dozen tiger swallowtails flying around. They seem to be enjoying the freshly watered flowers. Spotted one zebra swallowtail but it flew off, too many tigers around! The garden is in full bloom so hopefully next year I wont have to plant too many things.View attachment 122413View attachment 122414View attachment 122415View attachment 122416View attachment 122417View attachment 122418View attachment 122419View attachment 122420View attachment 122421View attachment 122422View attachment 122423
 
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