As the result of eight years of research and personal experiences, this updated edition includes step-by-step guides to navigating the perils and pitfalls of the process of raising healthy monarchs.
More information is available at https://magicalmonarchs.com
Readers of this enhanced edition can learn about the monarch’s importance as a pollinator throughout the United States. Being the only butterfly with a two-way migration, it travels up to 100 miles per day migrating to warm climates during cold weather in Canada and the U.S. and north again when the weather warms.
The Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center in Pine Mountain, Georgia, provides a place where guests can walk among butterflies to see them close. It’s within a short driving distance from Atlanta, Montgomery, and Columbus.
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, monarchs have lost 165 million acres of breeding habitat in the U.S. and are down more than 95% since the 1980s because of drought, climate changes, and pesticides that have killed off the milkweed plant, the only food for the caterpillars that eventually transform into monarch butterflies.
Jeanne Megel’s endeavor began as a live educational program to teach people how to raise and release monarch butterflies to help increase their population. The book, however, is more detailed with color photographs and is available as a physical resource to consult whenever necessary.
In her book, the author explains what an individual should plant in order to start a butterfly garden and how to locate and recognize monarch eggs. Megel also details how to go from eggs to healthy butterflies, providing first aid advice and lists ways to avoid parasites and diseases.
The author’s goal is to teach others to raise and release healthy monarch butterflies. She currently hand-raises and releases around 500 monarchs per season.
Her activity as a Master Gardener led to her interest in butterflies. When she learned about the importance of monarchs and their drop in numbers, she began to raise them at her home in Florida and later in North Carolina.
This book focuses on monarch butterflies, but the concepts apply to other types of butterflies as well.
A happy reader wrote, “This little book is chock full of wonderful, valuable information. I could not believe that one little book allowed me to start from scratch with my very first butterflies. It gave me wonderful illustrations, descriptions, and instructions. It is a must for anyone who wants more butterflies in their garden or for anyone who would really like to start raising butterflies.”
Interested parties can find more information at https://tinyurl.com/mup9rxn8
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