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Butterflies Take Flight at Kemper

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Butterflies Take Flight at Kemper
You are invited to stop by the Kemper Center for Home Gardening to see the latest project my volunteers and I have put together for the ‘Native Milkweed for Monarchs’ display. It is part of our Visual Guide Demonstrations featured bi-monthly. We decided that cardstock would hold up the best because of the humidity from the plants. We chose oranges/yellows in theme with monarchs.  Our goal was for the butterflies to look like they were clustering and flying off the windows. I fo...
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A Chance Encounter

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A Chance Encounter
After many decades of gardening I had the pleasure of experiencing something new this spring.  While raking mountains of leaves out of my perennial beds, an odd shaped object caught my eye (upper right image).  As I picked up the smooth, light brown, oval form I soon realized I was holding a large cocoon.  This one was intriguing since it was so much bigger than others I had seen in the past.  I could hear the pupa inside rattle like a maraca and had no idea if it could be al...
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The Magic of the Monarch Butterfly

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The Magic of the Monarch Butterfly
Monarch butterflies go through four stages during one life cycle, and through four generations in one year. The four stages of the monarch butterfly are the egg, the larva (caterpillar), the pupa (chrysalis), and the adult butterfly.  The four generations are four different butterflies going through these four stages during one year until it’s time to start over again with stage one and generation one. February and March: The final generation of hibernating monarch butterflies wakes ...
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