Native Plants Update, The Butterflies Have Bloomed!

by Sean Hess (, Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty ( Join us on Facebook and me on Google+.

Jumbotron goes into chrysalis.

Jumbotron goes into chrysalis.

Well, if you read our last post about the Native Plant Project you found out we were feverishly planting Florida native milkweed to feed hungry (monarch butterfly) caterpillars.

These caterpillars were funny. They would eat and eat and eat, strip the leaves off an entire plant then head on over to another.  In the meantime they had to avoid a hungry lizard we nicknamed “Fatboy” who liked to hang out nearby.

We called him Fatboy because he looked bloated when he would eat one of the caterpillars.

We got so worried about Fatboy we bought two extra plants and took them inside for two specific caterpillars. One we called “Jumbotron.” He was big–we figured he would be the most likely to make it to chrysalis.

The second was just an egg that I saw a mother monarch lay on one of the milkweed plants. I took the leaf in immediately and put it in water until the pinhead-sized egg hatched four days later. Then we put him on one of the inside plants and watched him grow up. We called him “Baby Boy.”

Then two eggs we didn’t notice hatched on the inside plants so we had two more caterpillars, which we also moved to other protected plants.

Then we went on vacation, and we didn’t get to see any of the butterflies break out in person. But our friend who was watching them did, and got this photo of Baby Boy becoming a butterfly!

Baby Boy emerges from chrysalis.

Baby Boy emerges from chrysalis.

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