Monarch caterpillars from Ripley Co., Mo. to be released at Forest Service’s Poplar Bluff dist. office

Monarch caterpillars from Ripley Co., Mo. to be released at Forest Service’s Poplar Bluff dist. office
According to the Forest Service, more than 66 monarch caterpillars were seen at a home in Ripley County this spring.

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (KFVS) - Some Monarch caterpillars taken to Poplar Bluff will be released at the U.S. Forest Service’s district office.

According to the Forest Service, more than 66 monarch caterpillars were seen at a home in Ripley County this spring.

They said a bumper crop like this hasn’t been seen in this area since 2011.

A few of the caterpillars were protected from predators and three large ones were taken to the Poplar Bluff District Office to be hatched and help educate visitors.

Over 66 monarch caterpillars were seen at a private residence in Ripley County this spring. A few individuals were...

Posted by U.S. Forest Service - Mark Twain National Forest on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Within a couple of days, the Forest Service said they started hanging in a "j" formation, and 24 hours later they each metamorphosed into a chrysalis.

On Tuesday, June 4, all three hatched within the first 20 minutes, they went from having crinkled, short wings to having regular-shaped, elongated wings.

The butterflies will be released at the district office’s native pollinator garden where the Forest Service said they will have a variety of foods to choose from.

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