Today I tagged and released the last monarch butterfly from my monarch ranch. She seemed a little smaller than most of the previous monarchs. I hope she does OK out on her own.
Since the monarch ranch opened in July, I have successfully hatched and released 19 monarch butterflies. Eleven were females and eight were males. I'm not sure if there's any significance to the number of males vs. females, but that's what my tally was.
It was kind of sad to clean out the little ranch and put everything away. I had a lot of fun and learned some new things about raising monarchs from the egg to the caterpillars and then to butterflies. I'm already looking forward to next summer and a bigger, better monarch ranch.
Thanks everyone, for sharing in my monarch ranch project.