This past spring, Monarch Butterflies returned to our two garden to lay their eggs. On days when children were in our Learning Garden, we watched as they grew fat on the milkweed in our garden beds. After a few weeks, we gathered a few of them and gently placed them in our butterfly enclosure.

We continued to feed them copious amounts of Milkweed, along with spritzing them and their enclosure with water, often.

If it is cold out – as was the case with our ‘May gray’ weather here in San Diego, near the beach – then the process from egg to larvae to chrysalis may take a few weeks longer than the 3-4 weeks that it usually takes.

Eventually, the caterpillars crawled up onto the top netting of the enclosure and began to hang themselves upside down.