Monarch Caterpillar

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You know it’s been a slow butterfly year when I find my first two monarch caterpillars on August 19.

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The aphids didn’t look overly tasty.

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I found another caterpillar later that day. They usually feed on the underside of the leaf where predators are less likely to find them.

The milky sap of the milkweeds makes them toxic to predators.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. I’m glad you’re seeing them! If there are three in your yard there must be more in the area.

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