butterflies

Remember we had adult monarch butterflies flying last week?

Well, look what they left behind.

monarch-caterpillar-face-on-245Wait, what's that?

monarch-caterpillar-233Hungry, hungry monarch caterpillars is what they left.

We've noticed the caterpillars usually feed on the flower buds rather than other parts of the rush milkweed.

Photograph taken 10/11/2016.

See a previous post for more about caterpillars found on rush milkweed plants.

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Often when a caterpillar is ready to pupate, it crawls away from the host plant where it was feeding. That hiding behavior may make finding the chrysalis and adult butterfly more difficult.

freshly-emerged-queen-butterflyIn this case, however, the queen caterpillar formed a chrysalis right on the plant it was feeding on, a rush milkweed. Do you see the remains of the chrysalis?

queen butterflyThere's a freshly-emerged queen butterfly right in the open for all to see.

Have you ever found a newly-emerged butterfly drying its wings?

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