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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-08-25 07:25
Subject: Success!
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Twelve, twelve terrific transformations, the number of the day is TWELVE, ah ha ha!

As of yesterday the first chrysalis was still intact and one of my remaining "caterpillars of concern" (in a separate enclosure because they didn't seem to be eating as much or growing as quickly as the others) successfully became a chrysalis, bringing the total to twelve.

This morning, the first chrysalis eclosed. Yay! (Sorry for the blurriness of the image; I was running late and barely had time to put some fruit in the enclosure and snap a picture before I had to leave for work.)

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-08-21 20:07
Subject: 10
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 There are now ten chrysalises plus one caterpillar in the J-position.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-08-14 16:23
Subject: Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
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The butterfly weed that I got in May turns out not to have died completely in the heat, but merely to have died back as there is now new growth at ground level. Yay!

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-07-29 20:44
Subject: Hip-hip-hooray!
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 Shine is officially OFA Good. Yay!


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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-07-24 21:02
Subject: Mail-order monarchs update
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All the eggs seem to have hatched and most of the caterpillars have more than doubled in size and started to get stripey. A few were abseiling off their original plant when I checked on them this morning, but I had a second one that I was able to transfer them to.

More pix on Flickr now, including:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/batwrangler/28243097500/

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-07-23 15:29
Subject: Mail-order monarchs
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When I was young, we regularly had monarch caterpillars/butterflies around, but, despite my encouraging the growth of native milkweed and not using pesticides, I haven't seen any at my house in years. (I have tiger swallowtails, fritillaries, a million skippers, and lots of bees, though.)

This year, I had the brilliant idea of mail-ordering monarchs. They arrived as eggs on a potted milkweed on Thursday. This morning, the dark heads of the first instars became visible through their shells. This afternoon, they started hatching:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/batwrangler/albums/72157671357060626

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-07-21 22:00
Subject: 50 Books 2016-29: Penric and the Shaman (eBook)
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Penric & Desdemona Book 2
by Lois McMaster Bujold

Four years after the events in Penric and the Demon, Penric finds himself in the company of an impatient Senior Locator on the trail of a possibly murderous shaman and encounters some very usual dogs. Another lovely Penric novella.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-06-26 09:17
Subject: Briard family reunion
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Shine and I visited her breeder yesterday and had a mini-reunion with her sister Taize and her brother Cai. We did some clicker shaping for free-stacking and took the dogs on a couple of long walks* between training sessions. It ought not to be a surprise, but it's remarkable how alike the three of them are.



*As a result, I can barely walk myself, though at the time my hip was not particularly painful.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-05-27 01:27
Subject: 50 Books 2016-28: The End of the Sentence
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The End of the Sentence
by Maria Dahvana Headley & Kat Howard

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-05-21 20:26
Subject: 50 Books 2016-27: Every Heart a Doorway
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by Seanan McGuire

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