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Old 09-16-2018, 08:33 AM   #41
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Monarch Joint Venture and Xerces both released recommendations concerning people raising monarchs.

https://monarchjointventure.org/news-events/news/revised-handout-raising-monarchs-why-or-why-not

https://xerces.org/2018/09/11/keep-monarchs-wild/

Both have led to a lot of discussion on the internet. My biggest shock was when I found out I was part of the problem. I was accused of being against the efforts to save the species. And since I don't bleach monarch eggs, I'm dooming the monarch migration. The butterfly breeders have done a good job of getting the sheep to accept that how butterfly breeders raise monarchs is the way to save the migration.

The recommendations are definitely worth thinking about, though they shouldn't be taken as gospel truth either. Large-scale rearing of monarchs indoors might not lead to healthy populations, while small-scale rearing presumably will have few effects on the health of the overall population. To me, the best of all worlds is to grow a bunch of milkweed outdoors so that you can enjoy the experience of raising the monarchs while also keeping them in a natural habitat similar to what they experience in the wild.
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:00 PM   #42
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I find monarch butterflies all over the garden this year.
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:12 PM   #43
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One more in the evergreen. OK, two more . Here's one in the tall helianthus.
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Old 09-17-2018, 04:45 AM   #44
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I finally saw a monarch yesterday on my agastache scrophulariifolia, although it flew away when I was trying to take a picture. Im excited for next year now, for when my milkweed seedlings mature.
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