Raise Monarch Migration Butterflies

Join  Monarch Enthusiasts throughout North America In Raising Butterflies for the Great Fall Migration — While Discovering ‘The Easy Way’ To Raise Monarchs

Learn How To Raise Monarch Butterflies to Release for the Magical Monarch Migration and Help Save Monarchs for Future Generations.

Sign Up to receive tested Monarch Raising Tips that have helped my
Monarch Survival Rate soar to Over 95%!

  • Suggested caterpillar cages and raising accessories
  • Milkweed options for the monarch migration generation
  • The easiest way to find and collect eggs
  • Alternative egg & caterpillar resources
  • Discover the missing link for healthy monarchs
  • How to avoid losing baby monarch caterpillars
  • Caring for larger caterpillars
  • Handling monarch caterpillars 101
  • Chrysalis care
  • Release techniques for safe and healthy butterflies
  • Milkweed ideas for fall planting
Raise the Migration 3 will start on Saturday August 15, 2015. Sign up in the red form at the bottom of the page.

Here’s What You’ll Get After Signing Up:

    • My best tips for raising the monarch migration generation starting in August 15, 2015 (You can start later, as long as there is still time to release migration monarchs in your region.)


    • Timely, informative butterfly garden tips throughout the year


    • Butterfly garden ideas that bring home more butterflies


    • Discover the best sources for milkweed, nectar plants, and garden accessories


    • butterfly gift ideas for all occasions


    • Original butterfly garden photos and video


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I look forward to sharing a magical monarch experience.

Your Monarch Guide,
Tony G.


  1. Lisa says

    Dear Tony,

    I live in St. Petersburg Florida and I am very interested in starting a butterfly garden. I also want to help save the Monarch Migration, but I need to know if I am in an ideal place to start this?

    Thank you

    • says

      Hi Lisa, there is a year round population of monarchs that exists in South and Central Florida…however some of the butterflies in your region are probably more adventurous in journeying both north and south. Some of these butterflies could migrate OR mate with other butterflies producing children/grandchildren that will! While you might not be in a prime region for migration monarchs, you can most definitely have a positive effect on the monarch migration.

  2. Bobby Michael says

    I live on the Big Island of HAWAII one acre of land at 1400 ft elevation. I have been growing monarchs at least 10 years, mostly successfully.

    It rarely gets below 70 deg. fahrenheit. We have monarchs year round I started with crown flowers, and have supplemented with Asclepias in several VARIETIES. There is even a variety with blue flowers. I have ordered 3000 seeds, of the cheapest yellow and yellow/orange seeds, and intend to spread them in good spots in the neighborhood like bobby apple seed.

  3. Judith says

    This spring (2014), I planted only 6 milkweed plants, and was thrilled to find a female Monarch laying eggs in early September. (Williamsburg, VA) I started a nursery on my back porch for 25 caterpillars and tended them diligently, while monitoring additional “wild cats” that I left on the plants. I’m happy to report that 22 caterpillars survived to pupate. 20 chrysalises eclased, with 16 adults surviving for release in mid October. I’m planning lots more milkweed this year! Thank you, Tony, for your eNews with helpful info.

  4. Sarka says

    Would like to sign up. We moved from Fort St John BC (zone 2) to Grand Forks BC (zone 5) and would like more info on creating a butterfly garden now that we can grow a larger variety of plants.

    Thank you


    • says

      Hi Sarka, I send weekly butterfly tips that should help you to attract and support more monarchs. I hope they make it up to BC this season. Good luck!

  5. Debbie G. says

    I live in Houston and just bought my first milkweed plant in May 2015. To date, I raised 7 caterpillars and I’m now counting down the days for my 6 chrysalises to transform into butterflies. My one milkweed plant was devoured, so recently I purchased 3 more. These plants don’t look so good… yellow leaves with brown spots and teeny tiny bugs among the flowers. I’m guessing they are aphids. Will try one of the remedies I read about. Looking forward to receiving your info/tips. Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Debbie, congrats on your first year success! If you are using the new plants to raise monarchs, then clearing off the aphids first is a good idea…

  6. says

    Our local community garden here in Brooklyn NY, GreenSpace on 4th, is growing milkweeds and we would like to know more about raising monarch butterflies. Thanks.

  7. Karen Varano says

    I live in Central PPennsylvania and iI am presently raising and releasing Monarchs. I did get a late start due to the wild Monarch has not made it to my Waystation yet. I purchased eggs and 2nd and 3rd instar cats that I have been raising.
    My question is what is the safest time to stop raising for the season so they will have a chance for a safe migration to Mexico?

  8. Sharen says

    Hi Tony,
    I purchased 20 caterpillars & had a fairly good outcome. I learned the importance of paying close attention through the whole process until the last one encloses. The ones that eclosed were all healthy except one whose wings didn’t develop enough to fly like the rest. I didn’t think she would make it but took her outside for nectar & brought back into the castle. After a couple days she got stronger & started fluttering the immediate area by herself. Finally, I decided to leave her out where she seemed to prefer being. This is day 4 & she’s doing her thing still fluttering in a small area . My concern is O.E. & wonder if wing problems are always a sign of that disease or any possibility just may be “handicapped” without disease. Should I have euthanized instead of being glad she’s still making it. Thanks for any feedback.

  9. says

    Hi Sharen, congrats on the release of your butterflies. You can keep butterflies if they are not able to fly, but if you suspect they are sick keep them isolated and don’t put them on any garden plants…especially milkweed! You can take cuttings and let them sip nectar from those.

  10. Anne says

    I found 5 cats last night on my milkweed, brought them in and have them in a 5 gallon bucket (I wasn’t expecting any cats)put a screen over them with milkweed inside. This morning 1 of the larger cats (about 1 1/2″)is on the screen. Should I leave it alone at this point? How would I be able to tell when it’s going to attach? I don’t want it on the screen, I wouldn’t be able to get into the bucket to clean and change the milkweed.

    • says

      Hi Anne, a side-opening mesh cage eliminates this issue. If you don’t have one, I would just set the screen on top of another 5 gallon bucket when you are cleaning the cage…good luck!

      Check out cages on the supply list

  11. says

    Started a Monarch Waystation (#11040) in Hopkins, Minnesota on June 27th, 2015. Already, two females have laid eggs around the 35 milkweed plants that are growing here.

    Question.. On any milkweeds that are stripped down entirely to just the bare stalks by a caterpillar being raised in an indoor Lepidtarium to a potted Asclepias syriaca. Will this twenty inch milkweed plant be able to recover successfully afterwards?

    The cat has since gone to chrysalis this evening and I’ve six other eggs awaiting a hatch out that I saw deposited on August 9th in the garden. I’ve spritzed each egg’s leaf with amister once a day in the mornings and I have them laid out at the base of potted milkweeds (incatata) in the raising cage. How long until they develop a caterpillars? I wonder how you can tell dead eggs from ones that are simply too newly laid to tell yet on how far along they are with growth. Thanks for any reply back.

    Kudos for the idea of the Raise the Migration 3. It’s a hit around my circles.

    • says

      Hi Patti, congrats on the instant success of your waystation! I have never put syriaca in a container for raising before. You could either plant it in your garden or leave it outside in a protected area this winter to see if it comes back in the container next spring. Milkweed is resilient.

      Dead monarch eggs typically turn black…the FULL egg. Of course, for a normal egg the top turns dark which is the caterpillars head about to pop through… If you get an egg that turns fully dark, smash it inside the leaf and discard because it could have wasp parasites.

      Eggs typically take 4-7 days to hatch. Closer to 4 during a Minnesota August. Hope this helps!

  12. Sandy says

    Hi Tony,

    Love your books and your tips. Assume I don’t need to sign up if I already get your emails.

    I have 12 that just made a chrysalis. Will they migrate or will there be a second generation? I’m in Jeresy and these are the first around here. The garden is full of eggs and cats and I have another 18 in the tent, but that’s all I can handle at a time.


    • says

      Hi Sandy, if you get butterfly garden tips, you will get Raise the Migration tips in August/September. Your batch of monarchs is borderline for mating or migrating. Whether or not they enter sexual diapause depends on temperature amount of daylight, and potentially other cues we’re not aware of. They will figure that part out after they are released…good luck!

      PS…it’s good that you are able to keep raising limits. It’s better for the monarchs you are raising…and you!

  13. Mel Coleman says

    Am very interested in learning all I can about the monarch and its life cycle. Have three milkweed plants right now with several eggs and hatched caterpillars on them. I’m on watch! LOL

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