Scanned, recopied or Internet copy, if
there are errors, please e-mail me with corrections:
comments: More at the end.
It is great when it all comes together some times and get
some of the best pictures possible -
check out the rest taken that day.
A full page article - best one & my picture is not in it - oh, well.
Toronto Sun - Aug. 16, 2007 - page 30 - torontosun.canoe.ca
Text - TANIA THOMSON/PHOTOS
Donald Barber, of Port Credit, takes monarch butterfly eggs and cultivates them
in a glass case
in his backyard, above, to protect them from other insects. Below right,
Camilleri of Oakville, checks out one of the caterpillars before its
Port Credit man cultivates monarch butterflies
Just call him King of the Monarchs.
For a second year, Donald Barber has successfully
cultivated and released monarch butterflies
from his Port Credit backyard.
The environmentalist’s secret — a patch
of milkweed. Officially declared a “noxious
weed,” it is the only plant monarch caterpillars
will feed on and lay their eggs on.
Once Barber spots eggs on the milkweed
leaves, he transfers the leaves to a glass case to
protect them from other insects.
An egg takes between three and 12 days
to hatch into larva, then about two weeks to
develop into a caterpillar.
In another two weeks, the caterpillar will
have gone through several skin sheddings,
finally encasing itself in a hard shell from
which it will emerge as a magnificent monarch.
This year Barber will have successfully
released more than 100 monarchs, more than
doubling his effort in 2006.
It will make a difference!
page - Main Table
of Contents - Back up a Page
- Back to Top
[COMMENTS BY DON B. - ]