Meanwhile, I only have one caterpillar in the chrysalis stage right now. When this little guy emerges he or she will fly off, mate and produce the eggs of the generation destined to migrate all the way to Mexico or California for the winter.
A monarch lives 6-8 weeks, from egg to butterfly. Each year there are four generations of monarchs. The migrating butterflies head north and lay their eggs in March/April, giving life to that year's 1st generation. When they become butterflies, they will begin the cycle again in May and June for the second generation. The third generation is born in July and August and the fourth in September/October. This last generation is unique. They do not die. Instead, they migrate south to Mexico and California, where they will hibernate until February or March and they start their long flight back north where the cycle will begin again.
|The flowering milkweed smells like honesuckle|