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c/o Douglas-Michel Butterfly Plants (Pete Espinosa-Michel and Sandi Douglas, Owner/Operators) Pete Espinosa-Michel or Sandi Douglas


Hi, my name is Nickie. I don't sting like a bee, I flutter like a butterfly.

Flutter


Hi, my name is Chapulin, and I'm a caterpillar and I'm all about eating.

A caterpillar


Hi, my name is "Spots". If you can find my spots, you will know that I am a boy Monarch.

A homegrown Monarch


Hi, I'm a License Plate on the Douglas-Michel Butterfly Plants delivery van.

Van License


Hi, my name is Pete Espinosa Michel, and I am just guy with a cat and some butterflies.

Pete and Clinton on the back 40


Hi, my name is Sandi Douglas-Michel, and I love plants, butterflies, and our tractors.

Sandi on tractor next to delivery van


We are two butterflies that just emerged from our chrysalides.

ONE BEING BORN AND ONE READY TO FLY


Below is a picture of our nursery overlooking the Pajaro Valley.

pajaro valley


Below is a picture of a butterfly "log cabin". The plans were found in a butterfly book and it is supposed to serve as a "shelter" for butterflies, but they never use it. Hanging next to it is a little butterfly "box" with two slots, but they never use that one either.

butterflycabin.


This is a photo of an Echium plant, a nectar plant for butterflies.

echium


This is a monarch on a butterfly bush (Buddleia).

Monarch on Buddleia


This is a photo of an asclepia garden.

Asclepia Garden


Below is a picture of the Asclepia or Butterfly weed. Monarchs will only lay their eggs on this type of plant. The plant has a poison that is dangerous to predators of the Monarch, but does not harm the Monarch itself. Due to urban encroachment and other developments,this plant (weed) is being eradicated. Butterflyplants.com is dedicated to preserving this plant. In this photo, there is an monarch caterpillar having lunch. Can you find it?

Asclepia curassavica, the Monarch egg plant.



Lara's Butterfly



PICTURES TAKEN DECEMBER 7-28, 2002-- -- --These are pictures of a customer's butterfly-a female monarch. She was unable to raise her, so she brought it to our home. "Hardy", as we call her, emerged today, December 28, 2002 at 5:30PM. "Hardy" is in perfect condition. We will keep her inside until I build that much needed vivarium. I have all the materials I need in the garage and will begin building it when there is a break in the storms. In the meantime, she will stay inside with us where it is warm and cozy. CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Begins"J"--Dec.8
Begins Chrysalis
More Chrysalis
Chrysalis complete
Dec.28-2 PM
Dec.28--3 PM
More
More
Shes clear
We went outside and she popped
More
More
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More
Dec 28--10:30 PM



PICTURES TAKEN ON SUNDAY, SEPT. 8 and 15, 2002-- Picture below is of a Monarch Caterpillar on a milkweed potted plant. On the same day, Sept. 8, another picture taken in small area of Narrow Leaf. We finally have gotten this Narrow Leaf area established and have just begun another area of Narrow Leaf. The Monarchs seem to favor this area that is protected by an old fence. I had taken this old fence and propped it up. We then planted Narrow Leaf Milkweed plants. Do not have seeds for sale for these plants yet. I am still in the testing stage and have been pleased with the plants, so in time will have these seeds for sale. Notice the aphids. They drive me nuts, but the cats don't seem to mind. Half the time I just leave them alone.

Cat on ASCLEPIA potted plant--Sept.8

Curassavica


Caterpillar on Narrow Leaf Milkweed--Sept. 8

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Monarch caterpillar leaves Narrow Leaf Milkweed in search of place to form a chrysalis. Pictures below taken September 13 and 15.

Curassavica


Begins dangerous trek across open area towards fence.

Curassavica


Begins climb up fence post.

Curassavica


Finally finds place and begins "J" position, the precursor to forming a chrysalis. This corner in the fencing is a popular spot because it is well protected and hidden.

Curassavica


Another angle.

Curassavica


And yet another angle.

Curassavica


PICTURES OF ASCLEPIA FIELD

Long range shot of Asclepias Speciosa field. There are about 200 plants there. Each subsquent photo is closer to the plant.Click on picture to enlarge

Speciosa 1


Speciosa Field

Speciosa 2


Speciosa Field

Speciosa3


Speciosa Sign

Speciosa4


Speciosa Field.

Speciosa5


Speciosa Plants

Speciosa 6





Sandi Douglas and Pete Espinosa-Michel, Owner/Operators

Douglas-Michel Enterprises

P.O. Box 581

Aromas, California 95004-0581

Telephone:(831)726-3626 Fax:(831)726-3626 Cell Phone: (831)334-1203



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