Amazing Adventure in the USA

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    Jacqui
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    Hi Heather

    So I hear! Oh for a bit of that rain… It’s SO hot here, I am finding it very hard to sleep at night.

    I have been up most of hte night uploading photographs though, so do take a look at the website, and let me know if you have any questions. http://www.madambutterfly.co.nz/mb/photos

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    hshingles
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    Hi Jaqui, thanks for your blog, the weather is still rotten here.
    How lovely for the 5w group to exist.
    Heather

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    Jacqui
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    Just quickly…

    We investigated a milkweed patch, probably about ten acres, opposite the EIRC facility where we are studying with the Monarch Teacher Network. We looked for caterpillars, eggs, and also predators, parasites of both milkweed and Monarchs.

    One of the things we heard today was that Monarchs look for plants with a future, not with a history – meaning that plants that are full of vitality are more desirable to the egg-laying Monarchs. Hmmm… that got me thinking.

    This season I am going to cut back any plant that is about to get “past it”, will feed the cuttings to my caterpillars, and let the plant sprout new growth.

    Jacqui

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