Well...when I gathered the first monarch eggs in August, I thought of the 2 butterflies I helped last year, and the two the year before and told my wife how I'd be happy if I could get just 5 successfully reared. I ordered 25 tags, thinking that I'd end up returning some.
To actually have helped 39 little guys get to adulthood was a pretty good journey I'm really happy with.
And as I watched the last three fly off last weekend, I kind of felt sad it was over.
I did find a swallowtail cat in my fennel when I was collecting seeds, but - and I know it sounds funny, but it seems like the monarch cats have more of a personality.