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Update on our Monarch Butterfly Nursery

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

I previously wrote about the Monarch Butterfly nursery on our back patio on April 12. At that time we were able to see 11 caterpillars of various sizes.

In the last few days the caterpillars started leaving the milkweed plants and crawling onto the table, the patio window, and the edge of one of the flowerpots. Within a day or so we could only find 3 of the 11 caterpillars. Hopefully the others found safe places to hang for the next stage, the chrysalis (pupa). We have looked around but haven't been able to find them so they are either well hidden or perhaps became some bird's dinner.

Monarch Butterfly chrysalis

One caterpillar is on the edge of a flowerpot and is not looking very healthy, but there are 2 that have now formed the chrysalis - one on window frame (above) and the other on the edge of the another flowerpot. Hopefully they will both survive and we will get to see the adult Monarchs emerge. More later on that...it supposedly takes 10 - 14 days til the butterfly emerges from the chrysalis. 

Monarch butterfly chrysalis in Carlsbad



I found a 4th chrysalis hanging by the downspout.

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Monarchs are just so beautiful, Jeff. I hope you have some gracing your yard soon. And I hope you'll share some photos with us.

Apr 21, 2024 05:19 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Nina Hollander, Broker  Thank you. 

I will certainly be watching carefully so we hopefully get to see the adults emerging and I can snap a few photos.


Apr 21, 2024 09:01 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Jeff - impressive photography.   

Apr 21, 2024 05:36 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you Michael Jacobs I really like the color.


Apr 21, 2024 09:04 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jeff. So cool. My grandson is watching the same thing in his classroom and he is truly fascinated. Photos of the butterflies to come? Enjoy your day.

Apr 21, 2024 05:41 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Your grandson must be thoroughly enjoying the process Wayne Martin I will definitely be watching so I don't miss the big moment - I have 4 opportunities now!


Apr 21, 2024 09:05 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff it will not be long before you start seeing monarch butterflies flying around.

Apr 21, 2024 06:00 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

George Souto 

It takes 10 - 14 days for the chrysalis stage based on my research so we will certainly be watching closely.


Apr 21, 2024 09:06 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Such a cool experience to be witness to this in your own backyard!  I have a feeling if I looked in my backyard I would find scorpions instead of caterpillars, haha.

Apr 21, 2024 06:04 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

I'd rather have the caterpillars Brian England  LOL.


Apr 21, 2024 09:07 AM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Wow, Jeff, awesome!!!

Apr 21, 2024 06:32 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks Michael Elliott It's such fun to see nature at work!


Apr 21, 2024 09:08 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Survival of the fittest or the quickest.  Mother Nature has its plan, and we just step back and appreciate.

Apr 21, 2024 08:02 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

We are definitely appreciating this process Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 


Apr 21, 2024 09:09 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Enjoy the butterflies and and the spring flowers and share your best photographs.

Monarch butterfly by Greg Thompson, USFWS

Apr 21, 2024 08:52 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks for this beauty Roy Kelley .

Will certainly share what I have.


Apr 21, 2024 09:10 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Maybe some of your Monarch butterflies will pass by here on their way to the destination, Jeff. That is so cool!

Apr 27, 2024 02:17 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! 

Perhaps! We are indeed fortunate to have them and hopefully each chrysalis will result in an adult.


Apr 27, 2024 04:32 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

How fun to raise caterpillars/butterflies!  I have to admit I get a lot of enjoyment looking out my breakfast nook window daily at the bird feeder. Watching nature do its thing is fun.

Apr 28, 2024 06:51 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, wow, this would be very interesting to watch, and hope they found safe places.

Apr 28, 2024 09:35 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Sunday morning, Jeff.

I hope you are enjoying the weekend. Have a productive week.

Apr 28, 2024 11:39 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

WOW! What an education and great gift you've been given to observe and help preserve Monarch Butterflies!

Jeff Dowler, CRS - I am so impressed! I couldn't believe how many caterpillars I saw in your feature photo! I hope you get to see them emerge and that they stay close to your property for future enjoyment and more generations of Monarchs!


May 02, 2024 11:21 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  A gift indeed.

Now I hope they will all survive and become adult butterflies - that would be awesome.

Enjoy your weekend!


May 03, 2024 03:44 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Jeff Dowler, CRS  Are you on Vacation?   Great post it is too chilly here for butterflies - Great post and great pictures !

May 04, 2024 10:50 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Hannah Williams 

No I have bronchitis and have been offline much of the time for the last week!

Glad you  liked the photos and post.


May 04, 2024 12:37 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Jeff, the caterpillar photos were a surprise! They really do look like Monarch butterflies waiting to happen. Hope they make it safely.

May 05, 2024 07:36 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Patricia Kennedy 

It has been such fun to see them. We are hopeful they will morph into adult butterflies but it still hasn't happened. Perhaps they won't survive. :(


May 05, 2024 09:57 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi, Jeff.

This post made it onto today’s list of Last Week’s Favorites on ActiveRain.So, thank you for writing it!

May 05, 2024 09:13 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Patricia Kennedy 

Why thank you!!!

Enjoy what's left of your weekend!


May 05, 2024 09:58 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Four out of 11 are still around! I hope the others are somewhere also, and not in someone's belly. But that is what happens in wildlife!

May 06, 2024 05:18 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Kat Palmiotti 

Sadly, not much is happening with these 4 yet and it's been 2 weeks. And we're afraid nothing will now. Time will tell.


May 06, 2024 10:29 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jeff Dowler, CRS - You're an inspiration. On Sunday I found a nursery that sells Milkweed plants, and I bought one. I hope the same luck comes to TX in my own backyard. We all need to do our part to save the Monarch!!!

I hope your caterpillars are doing well and you see many pretty Monarchs soon!

May 06, 2024 08:24 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Good for you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP  I wish you success in attracting some butterflies!

Unfortunately not much is happening yet with the 4 chrysalis - we are a little concerned now.


May 06, 2024 10:30 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Amazing, great photos, love Monarchs.

May 06, 2024 12:03 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 

It's been fun to watch the process. Hopefully we will end up with some adult Monarchs - they really are beautiful to see.


May 06, 2024 12:06 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543

Watching them hatch will be something to remember, I am sure you can write a post about that and real estate.

May 06, 2024 12:43 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I hope that your butterflies soon emerge and flap their wings in all their beauty.

May 09, 2024 08:06 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

John Juarez 

We had one emerge yesterday and I wrote a post about it. It was beautiful to see up close.


May 09, 2024 08:15 PM