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:
We 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!