Nature Study

Monarch Farewell

Mike Monarch turned out to be Michelle, given the absence of black spots on the wings. She hatched today while we were out; we returned home to find her flapping impatiently in her countertop jar. We wish you well, lovely butterfly.

Nature Study

“Watching Peeper”: A 10-year-old’s nature journal

I don’t often post my daughters’ work online, for various reasons. But I’m making an exception for my 10-year-old’s “Watching Peeper” journal pages about her monarch caterpillar. As you can see, she enjoys designing reusable pages for recording her observations. I’m interspersing photos I’ve taken with her pages — the equivalent of sketching for me,… Read More “Watching Peeper”: A 10-year-old’s nature journal

Miscellany, Nature Study

Flood Pics

Everything is shut down today, we’re boiling water, and waiting to see the final verdict on the damage. Lots of folks are at evacuation centers. We are very fortunate to have a house on high ground and a supply of water. My husband suspected on Tuesday that we might be getting flooding, and he suggested… Read More Flood Pics

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Chrysalis Formation

I took some video of a monarch caterpillar’s chrysalis forming today. The caterpillar had spun its silk button and attached itself to the underside of a milkweed leaf — not the ideal spot, as the leaf will dry out, or another caterpillar may decide to eat it. After the chrysalis was finished we removed the… Read More Chrysalis Formation

Education, Nature Study


We started school yesterday. We layered in a few subjects and “met” the books for the others. Then today, we layered in the rest. I’m struck by how much our concept of “school” is in constant metamorphosis. When I first started home schooling, it was a very big deal to go from “vacation” to “school.”… Read More Metamorphoses

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Butterfly Farm

The last few weeks have seen several posts here about monarch butterflies. I wrote about our unsuccessful search for monarchs in Milkweed Adventures. Then I followed it up with Monarch Musings, about the discovery that each season there are four generations of monarchs, only the last of which migrates to Mexico and lives the longest.… Read More Butterfly Farm