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    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 -


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, 7-year-old Spencer Camilleri of Oakville, checks out one of the caterpillars before its transformation.


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!
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