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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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September 13: Picture of the Day

September 13, 2010 at 11:22 PM

The Lampe monarch factory is about ready to close down. And just in time. We are running out of milkweed in the neighborhood. Those little caterpillars can sure eat.

And we’ve gone through plenty of milkweed this summer. But from a high point of 10 chrysalises hanging and 20 little caterpillars crawling in the butterfly aquarium, we’ve fluttered down to a more manageable number.

I say we, but truth is this is all my wife’s project. Every now and then I hold the lid while she cleans out the aquarium. But that’s about my only contribution.

Even so, I do like releasing the monarchs. There’s something very satisfying about raising a monarch from a tiny egg to the point where it can fly away.

Sometime tomorrow, someone in the family will get a chance to release the butterfly pictured above still in its chrysalis.

After that we’ve got about another 9 or 10 more to release. Then we’ll have to wait until next summer for their descendants to return.


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