From this … to this

 

WNLP photos and information by Bob Wellinski 

It all started with something that looked like a jalapeno pepper (top photo, sprouting legs) hanging on the side of Wellinski’s house. It ended in the metamorphosis of a beautiful Monarch butterfly, and others have been populating his landscape, too, thanks to butterfly-friendly plants.

The next 3 photos above show the colorful caterpillars enjoying snacks on milkweeds, and finally the last few photos show the Monarchs in full glory. 

“It’s been Monarch central around here lately,” Wellinski said. “I let the milkweed grow around the house in the landscape. The colorful and fragrant milkweed flowers added to the landscape. More importantly, it attracted the Monarchs. We had at least 2 dozen Monarch caterpillars enjoying the leaves. The other day there were at least 6 Monarchs fluttering around the butterfly bush by the patio door. Plus I had several volunteer sunflower plants grow along the patio, so I’ve been enjoying the bees and 8 to 10 goldfinches on the sunflowers.

“I think my letting ‘weeds’ grow in the landscape is going to pay off. The past couple of years I’ve let a few milkweed plants mingle with the perennials around the house because I know that Monarch butterflies rely on them for food and laying eggs.

“Here are a few photos of my little babies.”

5 Responses to “From this … to this”

  1. Mike

    Aug 28. 2018

    Great stuff, Bob… thanks for sharing!!

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  2. Margaret Bender

    Aug 28. 2018

    I have noticed that more people are letting the milkweed grow and even the highway department is not mowing all of them down. Spread the word. We need the butterflies and bees.

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  3. Ron

    Aug 28. 2018

    Great shot of the butterfly with the bee in motion! Those guys are hard to capture when they fly. Print and frame this shot.

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  4. Diane Humphrey

    Aug 28. 2018

    Nice photos Bob. My friend in MA has a little Monarch Butterfly “farm” on her property. She grew up in La Porte. I sent this to her knowing she’d find it interesting. Thanks for sharing it.

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  5. May

    Aug 28. 2018

    When I drive into town I always am sad when the city mows down the milkweed in the median strips, makes me wonder how many more monarchs there would be in La Porte. I have 3 chrysalis at this time.

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