Help! Monarch Caterpillars
Good morning, I have about 5 or so monarch caterpillars that are still alive on my milkweed. I would say they are about a week away from turning into chrysalis. With the temperatures dropping, I don't think they will make it and be able to migrate. Is there an indoor local butterfly sanctuary I could bring them to? Thanks Sharon
Howard County Maryland beneficial insects and pollinators
Good morning. We checked with a person who has expertise with Monarch rearing. She is doing some research on this question and but unfortunately does not have a specific answer. Last year she had some late bloomer Monarchs and had to wait for a sunny day to release them. They can migrate up to 50°. They will be a bit sluggish but they will move. Brookside Gardens sent their butterflies up to Hershey Park after the exhibit ended last month so they will not take them.