Caterpillar to Chrysalis (Wilderness Studio LLC, Richard Sjolund)
RAISING MONARCHS INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO SERIES
19 videos on raising monarchs by MrLundScience. Topics range from finding eggs, to releasing adults, chrysalis repair, collecting seeds. Excellent!
Part 1 - Finding Eggs (How To Find Monarch Butterfly Eggs)
Part 2 - Hatching Eggs (How To Hatch Monarch Eggs)
Part 3 - Caring For Caterpillars (How To Raise Caterpillars)
Part 4 - The Chrysalis (How To Care For Monarch Butterfly Chrysalides)
Also see "The Caterpillar Chronicles" for step-by-step instructions:
Another good site by a teacher
Source for butterfly raising cages
MONARCH PARASITES & ENEMIES
TAGGING MONARCHS IN THE FALL
How to order tags: http://help.monarchwatch.org/kb/article/49-monarch-tagging-process#howtoorder
If you haven't tagged monarchs before, read up on it at Monarch Watch website.
The peak time for Monarchs migrating through our area (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City is latitude 41) is September 8th - 20th.
CREATE YOUR OWN MONARCH REST STOP OR WAYSTATION
How to create your own Monarch rest stop.
Pamphlet from Wild Ones - Wild for Monarchs: Plant a native butterfly garden or Monarch Waystation and create your own moments to remember
PLANTING MILKWEED SEEDS
Part 1 (How to start seeds inside)
How to Start Native Milkweed Plants from Simple Stem Cuttings
COLLECTING AND HARVESTING SEEDS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhjkC1Mbzlg (Mona L. Miller video)
Other YouTube Videos
How to harvest milkweed seeds
Monarch Joint Venture - scroll down to "Tips for Hand Harvesting"
MAKE SEED BALLS / BOMBS
DIY Seed Bombs - Hide seeds in protective clay so they can germinate and grow into seedlings.
SAVE AUTUMN MILKWEED SEED FOR MONARCH WATCH!
Monarch Watch is seeking volunteers to collect wild native milkweed seeds for our Bring Back the Monarchs campaign. Thanks to the donations of over 90 seed sources from across the United States, Monarch Watch was able to distribute more than 50,000 native milkweeds this past spring. But they could have distributed more! For information on what seeds are needed and how to collect them, go to the following link:
Also, here is a video that explains how to collect milkweed seeds from pods.
And if you want to plant milkweed seeds in the ground this fall, you can read about it here.
FLIGHT OF THE MONARCHS - "As part of WWF's Monarch Butterfly Week, join us for a LIVE conversation on the flight of the monarch butterflies, from the forests of Mexico to the backyards and school gardens of Canada. You'll hear about how WWF along with our partners are linking on-the-ground conservation in Mexico to youth and school engagement. You'll also learn about what you can do to support WWF and help one of North America's most iconic species thrive."
PLIGHT OF THE MONARCHS - Dogtown Artworks, now members of our group, created this documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zZKbZdLtBoM
CASCADING MONARCHS IN MEXICO