Welcome to the monarch live cam! These little ones were hatched from eggs collected in eastern Iowa on 8/17/14.
I implore you to learn all you can about this miracle of nature, and maybe even try your hand at raising your own. This past year saw the lowest number of over-wintering Monarchs in Mexico ever recorded. This is a tragedy that is directly caused by the chemicals you are consuming in your fruits and vegetables, placed there by conglomerate producers that are only interested in increasing their bottom line. You can help monarchs by learning more about them and other pollinators, and purchasing produce and other products that support a more environmentally friendly process.
Over the years, I've taught many people how to find and raise their own monarchs. This year I hope to add videos with instructions on gathering and storing milkweed leaves, collecting monarch eggs and caterpillars, and raising techniques. Please keep checking back.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at MonarchMonocle@gmail.com.
The Monarch butterfly is one of the natural wonders of the earth. Each year, millions leave Mexico where they have been seeking shelter over the winter and without ever having been there, begin migrating to Canada. Breeding and laying eggs along the way, their progeny reach Canada in the summer months and then return to Mexico once again in the late fall to endure another winter. These gentle but tough creatures need milkweed to produce their young and protected forests in central Mexico in order to survive the winter. However, pesticides and herbicides are killing the milkweed and deforestation is destroying their winter habitats. May this tiny webcam help to instill a touch of the passion I have to save these beautiful creatures.