Last fall I blogged about finding milkweed in the meadow. Now, I can say that my wish that maybe monarchs will be hatching here comes closer to reality.
I think I found a monarch larvae here. The milkweed is flourishing. Other butterflies love it.
Like this great spangled fritillary. And, of course, the bees.
Looks like a bumble bee.
All in all, a good day in the meadow.
Now, to save that monarch from the predatory birds.
If you’re talking about that little tiny black thing along the spine of the leaf, that could be a day old Monarch, but if you’re talking about that cocoon thing that is not a Monarch. Their eggs look like little white domes, pin head size, off white, and elevated. A few hours, maybe a day, before hatching they turn dark. (I transplanted some milkweed to start a butterfly garden in the backyard of our last house, and broke off a stem. A few days after I foolishly tried to root it, in a vase on the dining room table, my son noticed a baby caterpillar munching away. That started our fostering of Monarch caterpillars in the dining room for many seasons.)
Happy to see you’ve got milkweed for Monarchs!
You’re reminding me I need to take the time to check our milkweed now and see if there are any eggs or caterpillars.
I hope the fierce storm won’t damage any eggs or developing monarchs. It’s just getting started here in eastern HoCo.
Yesterday I had my second pick-up of the season for the One Straw Farm CSA. It included strawberries, kale, kohlrabi, garlic scapes, Nevada lettuce, and two other types of lettuce.
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