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Bob_B

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The Late Monarch Caterpillar
« on: September 16, 2020, 12:59:22 pm »

Doing my small part to keep this species going. A monarch butterfly caterpillar (Danaus plexippus) feeding on swamp milkweed (Asclepias). There were a dozen or so caterpillars munching away at the plants that were all but dried up last week. Today, they're gone and I assume have formed chrysalises in the undergrowth around the milkweed. I hope they make it down to Mexico, and their progeny return in 2021.

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Re: The Late Monarch Caterpillar
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2020, 02:15:14 pm »

Now we know where the Monarch gets its beauty from.

Thanks for sharing....
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Re: The Late Monarch Caterpillar
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2020, 06:34:07 am »

Thank you nirpat89.
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Re: The Late Monarch Caterpillar
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2020, 09:12:42 am »

Yes, thanks for sharing.

We have milkweed growing in our front yard, always hoping some monarchs will take advantage of them. I have seen the butterflies earlier this summer scouting them out, but I haven't found any caterpillars yet.
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Re: The Late Monarch Caterpillar
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2020, 09:34:21 am »

Thanks for your comments Eric. I was surprised to find caterpillars on my milkweed plants that were nearly dried up, with only a few green leaves remaining. I guess the caterpillars still found the plants edible. Maybe that will be your case too.
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