Caring for Monarchs...

Penne Johnson
by Penne Johnson
I just lost my 2nd Monarch (caterpillar). They all do great then hang themselves
to make their caccoon and just die. I am told by the nursery here in CA. that there is some kind of parasite that is killing them. They think it is coming from the soil. My milkweek is in pots and not the ground. I did have one make it and they are so awesome to watch when they break out and dry their wings. Really disappointing. Just wondered if anyone in other states is having the same problems. thank goodness there are some still laying eggs on the plants. Just
feel horrible that they don't make it. Just sharing.

  3 answers
  • Oliva Oliva on Jul 04, 2018
    These butterflies have been decimated due to parasites and loss of food sources. In the East, we're advised to plant Asclepias (Orange butterfly weed), and make shallow "mud puddles" with nearby rocks, where they can sun themselves.
    Birds and cats will attact butterflies. Research butterfly houses in your area, which Monarchs may or may not use. Avoid pesticides, whenever possible (including your neighbors, as this stuff drifts in the wind).

    • Penne Johnson Penne Johnson on Jul 04, 2018
      I had one develop and just happen to be outside when she was on my patio wall. About 10ft from her milkweed. I did not see or every find her Caccoon(crystalis) not sure how to spell that. LOL but I could tell right away her wings were wet and very vibrant and I watched her for 40 min. dry her wings and then drunkenly fly away. She went in circles and you could tell she was a brand new Monarch. She grew from baby in the same places and on plants I still have. my nursery said possible these other two crawled onto plants I had sprayed to get rid of the pesky ones that eat my morning glories.
      I notice that all of mine have sunned themselves on my Night blooming Passion fruit plant. (looks like a cactus) and they stay there quite awhile during the day. I read the site from Naomie below and found it very interesting.
      I have a huge Ponderosa Pine outside my patio wall and that site said they like pine trees and Eucalyptus trees that we have here
      in Camarillo. I am 10 miles from Malibu coastal area.
      Will just keep hoping to see more. There was one two days ago flying around, and hopefully she laid eggs for me. I was also told NOT to water the plant only the base which was interesting to me. So I will just keep hoping I can get some more healthy ones. Thanks for your response.

  • See if this helps!

    I am extremely familiar with the Morro Bay, Los Osos, Pismo area butterfly reserves. Contact your local Ag Extension and see if there is anything you can do in your yard to help them along.

  • Penne Johnson Penne Johnson on Jul 04, 2018
    That was a very interesting read Naomie Thanks loads. If you read the above answer you can see more of what I have shared with my Monarchs.