Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A caterpillar at breakfast

Earlier this morning, Shara sent me a photograph from the Saginaw Chippewa Academy's native pollinator garden.

Monarch caterpillar on Common Milkweed (photo by Shara LeValley)


That's a Monarch (Danaus plexippus) caterpillar munching on a Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) flower.  It's nice to see the garden being used by wildlife, especially Monarchs.  I am hopeful that we will find more Monarchs in the garden as the summer progresses further.


  1. I have quite a lot more milkweed growing in my garden this year than the previous years we've been in this house and I just saw a monarch this week! Hopefully they'll find the milkweed and get to laying eggs!

    1. Last year I barely saw any Monarch caterpillars while some people I know had banner years. In 2015, we had our best year ever for finding caterpillars while other people never found any. There doesn't seem to be any real way to predict...