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Bug of the Week: Queen Butterfly Eggs

The queen butterflies are visiting our desert milkweed plants again.

The female queens are laying eggs on the flower buds, which are apparently a favorite food of the caterpillars.

The eggs are often laid in pairs.

Today they've started to turn dark. Does that mean they are going bad?

No, it means the eggs are going to hatch soon...

...into one of these caterpillars, which will turn...

...into one of these beauties!

For photographs of a queen butterfly emerging from a chrysalis, check this previous post.

4 thoughts on “Bug of the Week: Queen Butterfly Eggs

  1. Betty Pritchard

    What is the orange and black bug (flies) which is attacking the butterfly weeds?

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