Monarch Butterfly Larvae and Pupa


There is a wonderful children's garden in the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, where I discovered that I am still a child as I enjoyed it just as much as any of the youngsters. When I visited there in September I was thrilled to see these colourful monarch butterfly larvae as well as this pupa (see the pupa image next image in the album or here: https://goo.gl/5E4XZJ ). I had never seen either of these and only identified them with the help of the guide who was happy to explain all about the life cycle of this beautiful (and threatened) species. The guide, herself passionately interested in and very knowledgeable about monarchs, showed us the plants that they preferred and helped us hunt until we found what we were looking for. It was a windy day, though still warm and it was not easy to get a photograph as the plants were blowing around so much, but I was glad to get these to share.

More information about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly can be found here:
And about the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens here: http://www.mainegardens.org
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These are eating their way through the swamp milkweed plants to grow into adults so I hope they qualify for #buggylunch +Buggy Lunch​ by +Kim Sinclair+Jitte Groothuis


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His Plate Had so Much on it, He Had to Stop and Rest Part Way Through the Meal

Too full, need to rest - Ellie Kennard 2015
Too full, need to rest – Ellie Kennard 2015

Did this bug eat all those petals? Or was it just a landing place for him to rest? In the middle of a garden of daisies that I was photographing in various ways, including blurs, I found this poor tattered flower with the bug resting in the middle. What a voracious appetite that little creature must have had to have consumed all those petals (if indeed he did)!

I suppose the lesson here (if there is one) is that we all bite off more than we can chew at times, but as long as we pace ourselves, resting when we can, we can usually finish the task, eventually.

Which way did I come in here?-119/365

Shelly got me in a ladybird mood yesterday and I was sitting on the grass (in my bug shirt) watching a Frisbee game going on when this little lady happened by. There seemed to be so much grass. And such a small ladybird. How does she find her way around? Much better to fly, I think.

Do you know what kind it is, +Stephen Thackeray?

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