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We want to thank all of our friends for your support and visits to our Butterfly House. We have enjoyed sharing our hobby and our love of God's creation and the butterflies with you. Unfortunately, we need to make some changes.
In order to continue to be covered by home owners insurance, we have had to discontinue all tours, group visits and visitor days to our habitat. We are still able and available to present butterfly programs for your organization and your location.The status of our Facebook site has changed from "Sightseeing and Tours" to "Just For Fun."
If you would like to schedule us to speak at your event or have any questions, please call us at 215-723-2573.

ITEMS FOR SALE
CATERPILLARS FOR SALE
Beginning today, July 12, 2018, we should have a good supply of both Black Swallowtail and Monarch caterpillars for sale. Order yours now, 6 for $10.00, so that you can get a head start on raising butterflies this year. Black Swallowtail caterpillars feed on parsley, dill, fennel, and Queen Ann's Lace. Monarch caterpillars feed on any type of Milkweed. Call 215-723-2573 to schedule a pickup time. Act now while supplies last!
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We now have Butterfly Weed and Swamp Milkweed seed packs available for sale. Now is the time to start your seeds indoors so they will be ready to transplant outside after May 15th. Our packs contain more than 125 seeds @ $3.00 per pack. We recommend starting your seeds in peat pellets with 3-4 seeds per pellet. You can buy 36 pellets in a kit at any home center.

Call 215-723-2573 or e-mail us at marvelousmonarchs@yahoo.com.to schedule a pickup time. If you prefer, we can mail the seeds to you for an additional $2.00 postage fee.

Note: Orange Butterfly Weed, Purple Swamp Milkweed. Both varieties are perennials.

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FYI
Do you realize that you can freeze milkweed leaves? In the late spring and early summer the common milkweed are at their best. The leaves are large, very green and juicy with sap. Now is the time to stock up on your supply of leaves for when you cannot find good leaves in late summer or fall. Prune back your milkweed stalks, leaving the lower part of the stem with a few leaves. They will grow back as a bush with more leaves than before. Cut the leaves from the stalk that you just pruned and sandwich layers of leaves between sheets of wax paper. Fill a gallon zip lock bag with your layers of leaves and place in your freezer. Later when your outdoor milkweed is used up or turning yellow, use your frozen supply. The Monarch caterpillars will love it. Just put your frozen milkweed in their containers and it will immediately thaw and they will continue to be well fed. Note: Check your leaves for Monarch eggs and caterpillars, especially on under side or at the very top of the plant. If the leaves are covered with aphids or bugs, wash your leaves in a 10% bleach solution and rinse well. Lay leaves flat on a towel to dry before freezing.
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We have retired from our full-time jobs as of June 15, 2012. We are looking forward to spending more time with our hobby, raising our butterflies and presenting Monarch programs for schools, church groups, senior centers, retirement homes and other organizations.
If you would be interested in having us come to do a program for your group, please contact us. Go to our home page for contact information.

On July 12, 2012, we received some great news! One of our Monarch butterflies that was tagged and released on September 23, 2010, has been recovered. It was found at the El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary in Michoacan, Mexico. This represents a 2000 mile trip from Souderton, PA to Mexico. This was our first Mexico recovery, even though some were previously found in NJ and Virginia.


Don't forget, March is the month to prune your butterfly bush. Cut it back to "knee height", "waist height" if it is a large bush. This will prevent it from growing wild and will preserve its bush shape and also produce larger blooms. It would be a good idea to wrap burlap around your butterfly bushes when you are getting your plants ready for winter. When it is producing blooms in the Spring, be sure to "dead head" the blooms when they turn brown. Cut them off at the base of the bloom at the "Y". Two new blooms should continue from there. Doing this will keep your butterfly bush producing until frost.

Be sure to click on the "Latest News From Mexico" tab for an update about the 2017 Monarch population from Monarch Watch.


Go to our Facebook site: Marvelous Monarchs Butterfly Habitat,and also our group site, Marvelous Monarchs, for information about our hobby and to view "Ministry Takes Flight To Share The Gospel" plus other re-posted articles about pollinators.