Young Pandora library patrons place monarch larvae on milkweed plants in preparation for their introduction to the butterfly nursery.
Young Pandora library patrons place monarch larvae on milkweed plants in preparation for their introduction to the butterfly nursery.
Putnam County Master Gardener and former Kalida Local Schools administrator Dale Nienberg invited children young and old to learn more about monarch butterflies on the morning of July 17. More specifically, those who joined the gathering in the Pandora branch of the Putnam County District Library were actually given the opportunity to meet monarch butterfly larvae and to place them on host plants within a butterfly nursery in the library.

"Today you are getting to see a miracle that most people never ever see," explained Nienberg.

The former principal is still very much an educator. He designed and built the butterfly enclosure, ordered the monarch larvae and purchased the plants that they will feed on as they grow.

"They will pupate at about 10 days and will have grown to a one to one-and-a-quarter-inch length," said Nienberg. "After another 10 to 14 days they will emerge as adult butterflies."

The Pandora library larvae will be on display as they mature where they will be visible for young and old to watch. The adult butterflies will be released at The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve and Conservation Farm, Pandora.

For more photos from the library experience, visit the Putnam County Sentinel online photo gallery and read the July 24 edition of the newspaper.