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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-09-20 23:14
Subject: 50 Books 2016-36: The Family Plot
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by Cherie Priest

Spoiler: Qba'g ernq gur rcvybthr.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-09-09 17:55
Subject: 50 Books 2016-35: Once Broken Faith
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October Daye Series Book 10
by Seanan McGuire

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-09-02 17:52
Subject: Extraordinary dressage routines
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You don't have to know the finer points of equestrianism to appreciate these routines:

Will Rogers & Esmeralda:




Anna Blomgren: The Add Drama Show JBK 2015:



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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-08-30 19:17
Subject: Another butterfly flight-school graduate
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I had just decided that this one had probably eclosed more recently that than I thought and might need longer for her wings to fully dry when she took off. :)

This was also the caterpillar who formed a slightly rumpled chrysalis while lying on her side, so I am doubly happy for her success.

Plus, the last of my caterpillars became a chrysalis sometime during the day today, making a grand total of thirteen.

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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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