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9 . 14 . 13 – 9 . 21 . 13

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In the GARden this spring, tucked among the tomatoes, peppers and holy basil we also planted Tropical milkweed, the seeds came from a sweet woman in Minnesota. She is in it for the butterflies. Our Tropical milkweed grew well and attracted more pesky yellow aphids than I have ever seen on a plant at GAR. Fortunately, our ever vigilant ladybugs came in to keep the sap suckers in check. But no Monarch Butterfly caterpillars, I was starting to wonder if this had been a waste of time. Did Monarchs even fly through Galveston?

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Then BOOM, The Monarch caterpillars show up in force. They are ravenous, stripping the milkweed bare. I am starting to think we should have planted more.

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The Morning of September 19th, The back courtyard is full of Monarch Butterflies, they are resting in the sun. The cycle is complete!

However I cant find a single chrysalis, they must be all tucked back in the tomatoes.

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Ever vigilant, Sallie calls me over. Something is in the baby amaranth. An unhatched Chrysalis!

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The next morning it has already emerged. Many mysteries. It flies off and over the wall as I approach. On to Mexico!

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