Friday, February 13, 2015

Stems and Seeds

Over the last few days the Golden Butterflyweed in our courtyard has been eaten down to stems and seeds by our Monarch and Queen caterpillars.

They have nearly tripled in size since we first found them last weekend.

With the foliage gone from the Butterflyweed, it was a lot easier to count the caterpillars.

We found 20 of them at last count, all Monarch.

The Queen caterpillars wandered off before the plant was completely eaten.

The Monarch Caterpillars are starting to disperse too. A few have moved to the nearby Desert Milkweed, and continued munching there. This one was deep inside our yellow Chuparosa bush.

We have also found them on our front door, crawling across the stepping stones in our courtyard, and climbing on the landscape boulders.

We are

"If you make an error, use it as a stepping stone to a new idea you might not have otherwise discovered."
~ Roger von Oech

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