These days butterflies need all the help they can get! Every year at Fair Hills, guest Jeff Maruyama, collects Monarch eggs or caterpillars to give these beautiful creatures a hand in ensuring their survival. Our staff and guests make sure they have fresh milkweed everyday to eat and then all carefully watch the caterpillars create their chrysalis and emerge as butterflies. Once they are ready to be released we place them in the gardens with plants they love.
If you wander through the grounds of Fair Hills in August you will quickly notice that there are thousands of Monarch butterflies floating through the air, feeding in the gardens, and resting in the protective branches of the trees. One of the best places to watch the Monarchs is in the hammock by cabin 69. You can just sit back and relax and watch the filtered sun dancing through the leaves of the mature Oaks and pines with butterflies fluttering in the wind and on the branches.
We also want to share our time lapse video of our Monarch, Canada, emerging from his chrysalis. Check it out on our YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-nBz2-aBMY