9/12/2010

Monarch caterpillars


I was surprised and delighted to see what looked like Monarch caterpillars munching away on the butterfly weed this afternoon. At first I was confused since I thought they only dined on milkweed. Then I looked it up and found out butterfly weed is Asclepias tuberosa. Once again paying attention to that pesky Latin can come in handy, since its Latin name clearly shows it's in the milkweed family. Doh!


8 comments:

mya said...

Several years ago I purchased a little, scuplted, green leaf with a caterpillar on it that looks just like your picture. The main difference is that mine is not upside down.
I've only had butterflies to emerge from their cocoons one time. A woodsy bush type invader showed up in a planter, and one day I noticed a couple of butterflies coming out. They sunned their wings for a while then were off. The plant had about twenty of these little cocoons on it and in about a week or a little more they were all gone. They were the smallest yellow butterflies, and they looked like little fairies when they flew around and left.

ZZ said...

It looks cute!

Just eating away!

I wonder when it starts to make it's cocoon?

compost in my shoe said...

Wow, a late one. I have not seen any more in the garden since mid-August.

Matti said...

Sweet pick of the Monarch caterpillar. So are you letting them munch on the non essentials? We always plant a couple things for some beneficials to feast on...and to keep away from our good plants. Matti

Annia said...

Caterpillars and butterflies are both enchanting to watch.

Charles Seligman said...

Hi Jessica, I live in Wyoming where the soil is full of rocks and called glacial moraine. I've had very good luck with square foot gardening. If you have not come across the book, it entails putting top soil and compost above the clay. It drains very well. Now I just have to figure out how to keep tomatoes from freezing in the summer.

Annelise said...

http://theuncouturegardener.blogspot.com/2011/01/butterfly-weedbring-in-butterflies-with.html

buy ghost chili said...

Now that's a lovely caterpillar!