It was Carolyn’s blog about her monarch caterpillar, that made me think to check my milkweed plants for caterpillars.
Already past the invisible stage in its life, showing it’s true toxic colors, this Monarch caterpillar, about 1/4″ long was happily munching on the milkweed leaf it was born on.
Then I looked at the other milkweed plants and found what I thought was a butterfly egg. So I texted a photo to my friend Jackie, who has raised many monarch butterflies, and she too thought it was an egg. And had just gotten a text from her friend Becky that she found a monarch caterpillar too.
I loved the caterpillar connection between the four of us.
This morning I didn’t see the little caterpillar on the milkweed plant, but they usually leave the plant although they stay within 20 to 30 feet of the milkweed. So I’ll be keeping an eye out for the caterpillars, chrysalis, and butterflies.
I’ll let you know what I find.