Monarch Caterpillars, Chrysalises And Eggs



This is a bit unexpected, but we have lots of Monarch Caterpillars, Chrysalises, and Eggs.  Perhaps it’s because it’s December and it’s 80 degrees right now.

We have 13 Chrysalises, eggs all over the outside Milkweed, and probably 10 Caterpillars.  As we find the Caterpillars we bring them inside as the weather does occasionally get a little cold at night.  There are at least 3 Female Monarch Butterflies that alternate between getting nectar from the Milkweed and laying lots of eggs.  One particular Butterfly looks very tattered, but she is the one laying the most eggs.

Here’s some pictures from today.

Monarch Caterpillar On Milkweed Stem

Monarch Caterpillar On Milkweed Stem

Monarch Caterpillar Eating Milkweed Pod

Monarch Caterpillar Eating Milkweed Pod

This is the tattered female Monarch that is laying lots of eggs.

Tattered Monarch Getting Nectar And Laying Eggs

Tattered Monarch Getting Nectar And Laying Eggs

I spent 3 hours trying to record a Monarch Caterpillar moving to the Chrysalis stage, but it never happened.  Perhaps I’ll be able to capture that tomorrow.

The one I was trying to record is on the right, but since that didn’t work, I just took a picture of one of the Chrysalises who didn’t quite finish shedding its skin.

Monarch Chrysalis Next To Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Chrysalis Next To Monarch Caterpillar

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