Why do you get up in the morning? For me, it doesn’t get any better than this: I was outside in the garden yesterday to check on a squawking hen. Looking up as a shadow crossed over my head, I spotted a monarch butterfly. A very welcome sight, because this hasn’t been a good year for monarchs; she was the first one I’ve seen in our garden all year.
She flitted around several of the milkweed plants that George has planted to attract the monarchs. Milkweed is the only plant that monarch caterpillars eat.
Finally, she found one to her liking and deposited an egg under a leaf.
If I hadn’t taken this photograph of her leaving the egg, I don’t think we would have found it, it was so well hidden.
We carefully inspected the other milkweed plants and found several more eggs. I wonder how many we missed!
The one high up in this milkweed plant (it’s the yellow dot near the center of the photo) must have been left a few days ago, because it already hatched, as did a second one George found on the same plant. This photo with the head of a pin included shows the size of the egg and the two tiny caterpillars.
Have you seen any monarchs in your garden? Are you planting milkweed to attract the females and feed the caterpillars?