Monday, July 23, 2007

Monarch Project, Day 13

monarch cocoon

Monarch #3 spun its cocoon around 5:30 AM Saturday morning. I have a much better time lapse (at 1 frame per 6 seconds) of it I can post in a few days. He is on the right above. Unlike the others (also shown above) his gold dots have not appeared yet. Can't see much difference between #2 (on the left) and #1 (on the right), other than a slight bulge on what I can only assume is the back of #2.

monarch caterpillar progression

Some progressive shots of Monarch Caterpillar #4. Not sure what is with his darker coloration, but it seems to have faded this morning..

monarch poo droppings

A word to the wise: Monarch caterpillars poo. They poo a LOT.

turk's cap lily at carlos avery wma

Went for a drive in Carlos Avery yesterday. Saw a number of wild flowers in bloom (including the Turk's Cap Lily shown above), and a pair of Sandhills Cranes that gave us some great video; will have it posted within the week.

On an amusing note, we started out in the Forest Lake portion of Carlos Avery and somehow wound up in East Bethel.

Native Flowers in Bloom in Carlos Avery WMA:

  • Bergamot
  • Brown-eyed Susan
  • Compass Plant
  • Goldenrod
  • Turk's Cap Lily

Native Flowers Blooming in Garden:

  • Bergamot
  • Brown-eyed Susan
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Common Milkweed
  • Daisy Fleabane
  • Dragonhead
  • Harebell
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Spiderwort
  • Swamp Milkweed

Wildlife Spotted in Carlos Avery WMA:

  • Sandhill Cranes

Wildlife Spotted in Garden:

  • American Toad
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Blue Jay
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Cottontail Rabbit
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Eastern Chipmunk
  • Goldfinch
  • Grackle
  • Green Frog
  • Grey Catbird
  • Grey Squirrel
  • Grey Tree Frog
  • Monarch Butterfly
  • Monarch Caterpillar
  • Mourning Dove
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Nuthatch
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Red Admiral
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Robin
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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