This year we brought home an amazing four monarch caterpillars from the apple orchard, not including the one that we gave to the owners to raise. They ranged in size from very small to almost chrysalis stage. For the next several days, we did regular walks searching high and low for milkweed which is surprisingly rare in our neighborhood. It is amazing how much such a tiny creature eats. One of the caterpillars went up to form a chrysalis and did not make it, but so far we have had two successful releases. The last chrysalis has started to darken up, so I suspect we will have a third in the next day or so.
This is the first shortly after emerging.
It flew off directly when we released it.
But did stop to hang out at the top of Piper’s maple tree for a while.
The second was nice enough to stick around for a photo op on the butterfly bush in the back. So beautiful!