I was beginning to wonder if I was going to see any Monarch caterpillars on the Milkweed this year. But finally, my patience was rewarded...
I've got several Milkweeds in the garden. Some that I purchased online and some that self-seeded from last year's plants. With all those milkweeds, I was anxious to see some caterpillars.
Finally, when we got back from Indy I noticed one caterpillar, just one. I've been keeping an eye on him each day and yesterday I was happy to notice there were two caterpillars on the plant.
And then today, I counted FOUR! Wierd thing is that they're all on one plant, as are a bunch of aphids - ewwwwwww. The others are devoid of caterpillars.
Interestingly, the plants without the caterpillars are also sans aphids at the moment, but I don't know how long that will last, there seems to be nothing that can be done about them without risk to the caterpillars.
But hey - at least the aphids are the same color as the flowers and, from a distance, you can't even tell!!
Now, I have a question for you all. As I was examining the grapes on our grape vine, I noticed this caterpillar. Does anyone know what it is?
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.