Tuesday, September 19, 2017

This caterpillar is a little lost



I went out after work to check on my kitten-pillars and I could only find four of them until this fifth one caught my eye. It was a little frustrating because the mosquitos were out in full force buzzing in my ears and trying to make a meal out of me so I might have overlooked someone.

They have eaten all of the leaves at the top of the milkweed and left all of the bottom two-thirds of the plant. Looking at the photos I wonder if it is because they are all full of poop, and I am wondering if I clear them off if they will be more appetizing. *shrug* I do not know as this is my first real time watching caterpillars.


I feel bad about the other four. Part of me wants to find out what happened to them, mostly to know if I can save the others (yes, I looked to see if they started to form their chrysalis). I should look to see if I can find another patch of milkweed just in case.

7 comments:

  1. Come on, little caterpillar... go find your family!

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  2. My human has never followed caterpillars through their development, so she finds this fascinating!

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  3. There is a lot of Monarch info on the interwebs, and books at the library too! I attended a Monarch Butterfly class at the local library, arranged by the local Master Gardeners group. Maybe there is one near you with a phone # you could call?

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  4. After all these years of kitten wrangling, it must be second nature to look out for lost.... Anything!

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  5. What a wonderful blessing of nature!

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  6. Those are some hungry caterpillars.

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