I'd been trying to get a good photographer interested in documenting the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly for a while now.
Raising them is a lead-pipe cinch, as long you have somewhere to forage for their HOST Plant. MILKWEED is necessary at both the beginning & end of their Life Cycle, as it's the ONLY plant the female will lay her eggs on, because it's The ONLY Plant that the Caterpillar will eat (and eat and eat hungry lil'buggers )
I've helped raise them for seasons in the past, until I was unable to go out into a field to forage for them.
What's stopping me from filming )or even photographing them) myself is that I'm admittedly the WORST photographer I've ever met in my entire lifetime.
I can send you a thousand of failed attempts taken over several seasons, all resulting in un-usable GARBAGE.
OK.. so here's the problem..
The Monarch Migration itself is drawing near to extinction. We are rapidly nearing the time wherein we may never see one again.
If you're game to try raising them indoors (I use those BIG Plastic Pretzel Jugs) and filming them as they emerge from their crysalis before starting their migration here's where you can get the best information: MONARCH.WATCH.org
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