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.

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