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Save the Monarch Butterfly

Eastham Conservation Foundation presents

“Raising Monarch Butterflies”

Saturday, July 27

11 am – 12 noon at the Eastham Library

The monarch butterfly is in trouble, particularly the eastern migrations, due primarily to loss of milkweed plants. Monarchs lay their eggs only on milkweed plants and the resulting caterpillars only eat milkweed leaves.

Without milkweed there are no monarchs. In this workshop, local ecologist Bill Allan will present a program on raising monarchs from harvesting eggs and feeding caterpillars to releasing the butterflies. In the wild only 1% survive from egg to butterfly, so productivity can be improved by raising monarchs with better protection from predators. Also, to witness the metamorphosis “miracle” up close is fascinating.

Since the caterpillars eat the milkweed leaves, an ample supply of milkweed is necessary to raise them. Therefore, the workshop is limited to those who have access to milkweed plants. However, the program is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about monarchs or raising them in the future.

For more information contact Bill Allan at 508-951-6726 or billnavave@comcast.net