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  • Photos by Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
    Home-school student Cece Bequette, 6, looks for monarch caterpillars Monday with her family during the monarch fall count at Metea County Park. Monarchs are being counted and tagged as the butterflies start their fall preparation to migrate to Mexico.

  • ABOVE: A monarch caterpillar eats milkweed as it grows towards being a butterfly at Metea County Park. On Mondays through Sept. 14, the park will collect caterpillars to be raised, counted, tagged and released, and the park says volunteers are needed.

  • A monarch butterfly alights on a Queen Anne’s lace that was mixed with milkweed while searching for a place to lay eggs. Free milkweed seeds will be offered this fall to people interested in having the plants in their yard. The monarchs will lay eggs only on the milkweed plant.

  • Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
    Homeschool student Monica Bequette, 8, looks for monarch caterpillars with her family while helping out with the monarch fall count at Metea County Park Monday. Monarchs are being counted and tagged as the butterflies start their fall preparation to migrate south to Mexico. On Mondays through September 14th the park is collecting caterpillars to be raised, counted, tagged and released. The park is looking for volunteers to help out. Free milkweed seeds will be offered again this fall for people interested in starting milkweed plants in their yard. A monarch will only lay her eggs on milkweed plants. see video

  • Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
    Homeschool sisers Maggie Bequette, 13, Monica, 8, and Cece, 6, look for monarch caterpillars with her family while helping out with the monarch fall count at Metea County Park Monday. Monarchs are being counted and tagged as the butterflies start their fall preparation to migrate south to Mexico. On Mondays through September 14th the park is collecting caterpillars to be raised, counted, tagged and released. The park is looking for volunteers to help out. Free milkweed seeds will be offered again this fall for people interested in starting milkweed plants in their yard. A monarch will only lay her eggs on milkweed plants. see video
August 18, 2015 1:02 AM

Butterfly count shows circle of life