Sunday, June 06, 2010
At the Lost Bean, a coffee shop I like here in Tustin, I found some monarchs. Behind the red door, inside a little advertising kiosk thingy, Red Hill Elementary school has been raising milkweed and monarch butterflies to raise awareness of the need for monarch habitat (read: more milkweed for monarch breeding sites).
Behind the kiosk's glass were caterpillars getting ready to pupate, empty chrysalises, shed head capsules, several adult monarch butterflies awaiting their release and some tiny caterpillars just starting out on the milkweed plants growing in containers. The butterfly tenders from the school keep a tally board of caterpillars, chrysalises, and butterflies released.
Inside, while you're ordering your coffee drink or some tasty tea, you can pick up a packet of milkweed seeds for planting at your house. If you work at it, your garden or empty lot or parkway strip could become a certified monarch waystation.