The Monarch and Queen caterpillars have all vanished - the last we saw any of them was Sunday 2/15. We have checked the milkweed and butterflyweed plants, and tried to find them inside the yellow chuparosa bush.
If they have already transformed into their chrysalis stage, they are so well camouflaged that they will be extremely difficult to find. The only reason we found the chrysalis last year was because we saw a caterpillar on the bush just as it started to change. Even knowing its location, it blended in so well with its surroundings that it was difficult to re-find each time.
So somewhere in our yard we (hopefully) have at least 22 caterpillars dreaming about flying. If the timing is the same as last year, they should be hatching in about 10-12 days.
"Flying dreams mean that you're doing the right thing with your life."