Milkweed bushes with Monarch butterfly caterpillarsHow many caterpillars do you see?

I planted these milkweed plants last year in hopes of attracting some monarch butterflies to my garden (now that we live within their range).  We did see a couple flutter around them but they didn’t stay long…so after reading some butterfly books to the kids I got to wondering “Were they leaving eggs?”  I went out to look a couple of days ago, and discovered that the plants were just crawling with huge black and yellow and white Monarch caterpillars?  How had I not noticed?  How many caterpillars did you count?  Yes, they are actually very hard to see.  Here’s a closeup:

closeup of a Monarch caterpillarWe tried bringing two into the house in a bug home, hoping to let the kids watch them turn into a chrysalis, but after a day I put them back outside.  Wonder why?  All that eating makes a lot of poop!!  :~P  Today I went out to check and see if there were any chrysalis’ and found one!  I will keep the pics updated as the caterpillar turns into a butterfly.  Fun fun fun!

About nathankathy

Nathan and Katherine Born are two Christians trying to serve God as best they can.
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