Meanwhile, back in Berkeley, the American Ladies are growing. I noticed that the pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritace) in the propagation area at the UC Botanical Garden was not doing very well. Then I noticed that it had caterpillars eating it. American Ladies! So I brought them home and put them on the weedy variety. They seemed perfectly happy to transfer, and are now getting ready to pupate. I've got six. Very exciting! I think I have never reared these before. This species occurs across most of the United States.
My film, "The Secret Lives of Monarchs," is now available on Amazon.
As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, I studied Conservation of Natural Resources. I took a couple of entomology classes and became very interested in insects. After I graduated, I held several jobs working with bugs: in the fields of central California, the forests of Connecticut and Idaho, and the labs of Berkeley. Then I went to grad school and studied entomology at UC Riverside and UC Berkeley (back in the olden days when UCB had an entomology department). When my kids were little, I wanted to share my love of insects with them, so I started a butterfly garden before butterfly gardens were popular. Then of course, their teachers asked me to bring caterpillars into the classroom and I started doing classroom presentations. I do presentations in elementary schools, provide teacher trainings, teach adult school classes, and bring live insect specimens to garden fairs. I am also publishing a series of butterfly paper-crafts in the Butterfly Gardener Magazine.