CAMDEN — Gardeners Eric Evans and Dottie Hokkanen lead a workshop on rearing monarch butterfly caterpillars, Saturday, August 31, at 10 a.m., at Merryspring Nature Center.
Monarch butterflies are arguably the most famous species of Maine native butterfly and a welcome sign of summer, according to Merryspring, in a news release. However global populations of these migrating insects are on the decline.
Gardeners and Merryspring volunteers Eric Evans and Dottie Hokkanen will present this workshop on how to recognize Monarch caterpillars and adults, their life cycle and migration routes, common threats to butterflies and caterpillars, how to protect caterpillars by planting and maintaining different varieties of milkweed and other nectar flowers and native food sources, and raising caterpillars indoors.
A portion of the workshop will be held outdoors to identify milkweed varieties and potentially Monarch adults, eggs, and caterpillars.
Evans and Hokkanen are both lifelong gardeners, as well as active Merryspring volunteers.
The cost of this workshop is $5, with free admission for Merryspring members. To register, contact Merryspring at 236-2239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Merryspring is a community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza.
For more information on this program, contact email@example.com or call 207-236-2239.