LOOK!! IT'S DECEMBER 13, AND I JUST FOUND MONARCH CATERPILLARS ON MY BUTTERFLY WEED
LOOK what I just found!!
I counted nine of them, but there are probably several more that I didn't see.
I saw some droppings on my window sill and thought it was seeds until I looked closer.
Then, I saw the caterpillars.
Just a few weeks ago, a few monarchs were still here and I kept thinking they'd better move on or they would get caught in the cold. They finally left for good when a really cold front came through. But, they left behind some eggs.
These caterpillars are probably at least two weeks old and just big enough that they had better hurry and start their cocoons. It's going to take about two weeks for them to become a butterfly and it might be really cold by then.
They need to get on down to Mexico!
When it started getting really cold, I put all of these butterfly weed plants close to my studio windows. I was hoping it would keep them warm and they wouldn't freeze.
I guess the caterpillars have been warm, too.
Thank goodness they had something to eat.