Remember we had adult monarch butterflies flying last week?
Well, look what they left behind.
Wait, what's that?
Hungry, 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.
It's always a good week when monarch butterflies are flying in your yard.
Generally migrating monarchs arrive in Arizona in the end of August. It would be nice if we are seeing some adults who completed their life cycles here.
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.
In 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?
There'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?