Butterfly Rearing Presentation

Iowa State University Extension

Monarch butterfly populations are currently low due to many factors. One way citizen scientists can help populations rise is to rear monarch caterpillars or assist the monarch caterpillar reach the adult stage. Learn how to rear monarch caterpillars into butterflies on Thursday, August 31 at 7 pm. The Richardson family reared their first monarch caterpillar following the State Fair in 2013. They have reared them each year since increasing in number as well, and reared 96 in 2016. Minnie Richardson and her daughter Grace will explain the process and some of the tips they have learned.

This event will be held at the Mahaska County Extension office, 212 North I Street, Oskaloosa. It is hosted by the Mahaska County Master Gardeners. It is however open to anyone (of all ages) interested in the topic and there is no fee to attend.

Mahaska County Master Gardeners are celebrating their fourteenth year. The local program organized after the county held their first training. The educational volunteer program, sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, provides current, research based, home horticulture information and education to the citizens of Iowa through programs and projects. Master Gardeners receive horticulture training, and volunteer to promote a mission of education and service. The program is open to anyone 18 or older with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on their local community.

More information regarding horticulture programming can be found at the Mahaska County Extension Office; 212 North I Street; Oskaloosa Phone 641-673-5841; and www.extension.iastate.edu/mahaska/yardgarden.htm.

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