The Monarchs are back!
Look what we discovered on our native milkweed plants! Western Monarch butterfly caterpillars!
The plants aren't very big yet, and I have only seen one or two monarchs flying in our garden.
So we are so surprised, and elated.
This one was on a very small, native Narrow-leafed milkweed, with no leaves left.
So I cut the plant at the base and carried it with the caterpillar on it, to another container of the same kind of milkweed, where the leaves are lush. A lot of food for the caterpillar.
Here is a monarch egg on a native Showy milkweed leaf.
And another egg on a Narrow-leafed milkweed leaf.