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  • Several years ago when I was 7 - OK ok... 47 years ago, but who's counting?? - my Mother bought me a Scholastic book that changed my life.

    It was about the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly following it from a pin prick sized egg in Maine to the Mexican coast as a butterfly. I must have read that book 500 times. Maybe more.

    Today I live in one of the places in California where Monarchs flock to over winter.

    This spring, as an experiment, I planted one milkweed plant for caterpillars and one tall verbena as food for the butterflies.

    I don't live right where the Monarchs go - there is a large grove where they congregate several miles down the beach. When I returned to Pismo yesterday I noticed I no longer had flowers on the milkweed. Upon closer inspection this morning - voila! - it is covered COVERED in Monarch caterpillars.

    They found me. Hidden in my little cove far from their winter grove... they laid eggs and we will have chrysalis and monarchs!! To say I am excited... understatement. I stopped everyone on my street as they were headed to the beach by saying..."hey, you want to see something cool?" :-) and yes, they did.

    The photo is of one of my new babies, gobbling up the milkweed.
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