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Our Monarch Caterpillar Nursery


The nursery is doing well and so are the 10 Monarch Caterpillars, doing what caterpillars do.


The Monarch Butterfly visited our back patio several weeks ago and spent quite a bit of time landing on the milkweed plants repeatedly. We didn't see any eggs left behind but that may simply have been our vision as Monarch eggs are supposedly quite small.


A couple weeks ago my wife saw a couple of very small caterpillars on one of the milkweed plants and now there are 10 (there were a couple others but they didn't make it for long). They have grown pretty substantially which we hope will help at least some of them survive and move into the next phase (chrysalis), and not become a tasty meal for one of the many birds in our yard. I suspect the mortality rate for caterpillars is rather high.


Monarch Caterpillars


As dutiful parents we went out and bought a couple larger milkweed plants to make sure there were plenty of leaves for dining. Good thing, as caterpillars are voracious eaters and leaves are disappearing.


We're hopeful we'll have at least a couple that turn into adults - that will be a proud day, and good for the Monarch Butterfly population.


5 Monarch Caterpillars on a milkweed plant

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Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Did you put up a bunch of shhh and quite signs along with the do not disturb ones

Apr 12, 2024 06:05 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

We should. But the birds probably don't read and won't pay attention, Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 

Apr 12, 2024 07:54 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Jeff - gardens, whether our own or those we are fortunate to visit, offer countless opportunities to experience change in a way that only nature can show.  May your increase in milkweed prompt additional insights.   ☀️🦋🌻

Apr 13, 2024 03:23 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks for the encouragement Michael Jacobs

The caterpillars have been fun to watch.


Apr 13, 2024 09:17 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

How nice! I hope you are able to get photos of the survivors once they have their wings!

Apr 13, 2024 04:47 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Kat Palmiotti 

We are hopeful at least 1 or 2 will survive and become butterflies. Photos for sure!

Have a good weekend!


Apr 13, 2024 09:18 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, that is really cool!  You are definitely being the best parents you can be for them.  I think I recall hearing at Butterfly Wonderland that most die before becoming butterflies.

Apr 13, 2024 05:37 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

I'm not sure we can do anything else other than to leave the outcome to nature Brian England . Yes, I have heard that the number of survivors is small and that's the reason for so any eggs being laid.

Hope you are having fun in Laguna Beach - it's too bad the weather isn't nicer.


Apr 13, 2024 09:22 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff I have seen many monarch butterflies, but I don't think I have see a monarch caterpillar before.

Apr 13, 2024 11:03 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi George Souto 

They have been fun to watch as they grow and each day get closer to the next stage, hopefully! Last year was the first we saw any Monarch caterpillars - this year is a bonanza!


Apr 13, 2024 01:42 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

I love this Jeff!!!!   The world needs more butterflies!  My cousin's husband had milkweed planted along his fence. We were there once and the milkweed was covered in them. Thank you for helping Mom Nature. 

Apr 13, 2024 11:44 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Kathy Streib 

That must have been fun to see.

I so agree about needing more butterflies and we always enjoy seeing them in our yard!

The caterpillars are interesting to watch, and hopefully we will contribute a few more Monarch butterflies to the population.


Apr 13, 2024 01:45 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jeff Dowler, CRS - I am so amazed! Your Monarch Caterpillar Nursery is a private classroom for learning! You are so lucky! I haven't seen any milkweed plants for sale at my local nursery but I'm going to ask and if I can get some, I'll be sure to give it a try!

Thank you for saving the Monarchs and giving them a chance to survive!

May 02, 2024 11:26 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you so much Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP . We are indeed blessed to have this taking place on our patio.


May 03, 2024 03:42 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Good luck to you and your bugs. They are stunning with their bright colors.

May 09, 2024 08:04 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks for stopping by John Juarez  The caterpillars were beautiful see and watch up close.


May 09, 2024 08:14 PM