Monarch Caterpillar Update

Just two days after I posted about the Monarch caterpillars in my butterfly garden the caterpillars are continuing to devour every leaf on several of my milkweed plants. One bite at a time, they chew up a leaf and move on to the next. In just a few days they have stripped some of the plants until there is nothing left but bare stems.

Yesterday morning I counted about 10 caterpillars. One had attached itself in the hose reel on the edge of the flower bed. It was preparing to transform into a chrysalis.

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Monarch Caterpillar preparing to make chrysalis

A little while later I settled down in my chair under the arbor to read a book. I was facing the hose reel but was so engrossed in the book I didn’t look up for about 30 minutes. When I finally glanced over at the caterpillar I saw that while I was reading it had become a chrysalis.

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Monarch chrysalis day 1

Today there are more caterpillars and less milkweed leaves. They will continue taking their bites until they are full grown and ready to transform into a chrysalis.

Meanwhile, there are still Monarch butterflies flying around in pairs doing their mating dance. I’ve had a hard time getting a picture but I managed to catch this one drinking nectar on a Mexican Sunflower.

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Monarch butterfly feeding on Mexican Sunflower

I’ll be keeping my eye on the chrysalis and hope to see a butterfly emerge in about 7 to 10 days.

This post was inspired by Discover Prompts Day 9 -Bite.

Pairs of Monarch Caterpillars

We are in the middle of the butterfly breeding season. I’ve seen pairs of Monarch butterflies flying around our yard recently and the females have been laying their eggs on milkweed leaves in my small backyard butterfly garden.

This morning I counted seven caterpillars on the milkweed including two different pairs munching on the leaves.

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Pair of Monarch Caterpillars on Milkweed
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Pair of monarch caterpillars on milkweed

After about two weeks of eating, the caterpillar will be full grown and will make it’s crysalis. Approximately 10 days later the monarch butterfly will emerge.

This post was inspired by Discover Prompts Day 9 -Pairs.

 

Curve

For the Day 8 Discover Prompt Michelle chose curve. I browsed through my photo archives to find these curves in bodies of water we have seen during our travels.

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On the road to Inverness, Scotland
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Creek through the Georgia Salt Marsh
Five Finger Rapids
Five Finger Rapids on the Yukon River.
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The New River in West Virginia
Thelma and Louise drove into the Canyon at Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah

This post was inspired by Discover Prompts Day 8 – Curve.

 

Discover Prompt Day 3: Song

The last time we were away from home before the social distancing and shelter in place began was in early February when we traveled about 30 minutes from home to attend a Willie Nelson concert.

One of my favorite Willie Nelson songs is “On the Road Again”. I can’t hear it without thinking about how much fun we had being on the road on one of our many RV trips.  I look forward to the day when we’ll be able to go on a road again.

 

To learn how to participate in the today’s prompt, visit Discover Prompts Day 3.