Butterfly sighting

Aug 16 2011

The Paulson Clan

Location: New Holstein
Calumet County

We have had an abundance of butterflies this week, most notably Monarchs and Tiger Swallowtails. Today we made a trip into Manitowoc County to the Shores of Lake Michigan just north of Cleveland to do our annual Monarch caterpillar retrieval. We captured 9 caterpillars all within the 3rd to 4th instar, and one in it's 2nd instar. My 6 year old daughter also located a Monarch who had just started to prepare the chrysalis stage. My daughter had a blast this afternoon and can't stop checking on the Monarch's in their newly constructed "home". As they mutate into butterflies, we will be releasing them once ready. We are hoping to make another trip in the next few days to capture more young'uns so we can help ensure that they make it to their adult stage to be reintroduced into the wild.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail