We have some amazing things to be thankful for this Thursday as we join Brian and his family!

Every year our Swan Plant (Asclepias physocarpa/Gomphocarpus physocarpa) grows tall and gets covered in fabulous caterpillars who nibble and nibble until the plant is a bare stick. There are dozens of these Monarch butterfly  caterpillars in waiting! This year, due to our extended summer, we have had two generations of caterpillars eating the Swan Plants down to the ground.

The Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar

The Monarch Butterfly

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The New Zealand Trust has lots of information about Monarch butterflies and how to encourage them in your garden.  We have added their video at the bottom of this post, and there is a lovely resources page on Monarch butterflies here.  The Dash Kitten Crew have seen plenty of butterflies this year and left them alone.

The Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch Butterfly



We are thankful we are able to watch these mazing creatures fly with fluttering grace and hope you enjoy the pictures and video. Do you get Monarch butterflies where you are?

Harvey Button
Monarch Butterfly Reporter
Harvey Self Portrait






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    Lone Star Cats

    January 19, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    We get those!


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    Brian Frum

    January 19, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Those are such beautiful things and I wish we had more in our neck of the woods. Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!


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    January 19, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    I would love to see a butterfly, any butterfly! They aren’t all as common around here as my human remembers from when she was a kid.


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    The Island Cats

    January 19, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Those monarch butterflies are amazing!


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    January 19, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Mommy says they used to get quite a few around Midway, but they have dropped off drastically in the last few years. People seem to think it might have something to do with the prolonged drought in California and their migration.
    They are just gorgeous! Enjoy!
    Marv and Mommy


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    Memories of Eric and Flynn

    January 20, 2018 at 1:37 am

    We don’t get Monarch butterflies here, but we do get lots of other varieties in our fields, and dragonflies too. I think it is because we don’t spray so they know we are a safe haven.


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    Kitties Blue

    January 20, 2018 at 4:06 am

    Harvey, thanks for this excellent report. With snow on the ground everywhere, it was nice to see something that reminded us of spring and summer. ? Miss Janet


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    January 20, 2018 at 11:31 am

    I love the symbolism of the butterfly … what the caterpillar sees as the end is only the beginning for the butterfly. I’m so jealous … I love caterpillars but I hardly ever see them anymore!


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    Erin the Cat,princess

    January 20, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    What a charming post, and loved the video included in it….
    Toodle pips


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    The Swiss Cats

    January 21, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Caterpillars can be pretty destructive in a garden, but they turn into such beautiful butterflies ! Purrs


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    January 22, 2018 at 6:07 am

    We do get them here, too. They are magnificent, aren’t they?


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