Friday, July 17, 2015

Catching with Courtney

Can you tell what Courtney and I did on Wednesday?

If you guessed caught butterflies, you're right. Well, sort of. We caught a couple of moths for her new collection. We didn't see very many butterflies, and the ones we did see were very elusive. :)

In the area where Courtney's standing above, we were after this monarch.

It was enjoying the nectar from some purple clover.

After I'd taken a few photos (what's a butterfly hunt without photos, right?) and looked closely at them, I noticed this poor thing was quite damaged. Look at her wing!

We decided to let her go and hoped for a better specimen for the collection. We also hoped she would lay an egg on the milkweed plants that were near so we'd have a caterpillar soon.

We did see one other monarch but couldn't get close to that one. We also found what we hope is a monarch egg on a milkweed leaf. Time will tell....


Geneviève Thiffault said...

It must have been such an awesome day! I have fond memories of hunting bugs with my sister, it's great that you can share that with Courtney.

Monarch sighting has become such a rare thing here... Let's wish yours lay lots of eggs this year, we need more of those beauties :)

Grandma G said...

We did see only 2 monarchs that day. They are getting scarce, indeed, and that's pretty sad.