Not sure if I will get to witness further events in this particular caterpillar's life? 🤔
Looks like Elvis has totally left the building.
But where's the chrysalis? 🤔
Found three more of these today!
A particularly lost and confused one was under the leaves of a dahlia. Moved it to milkweed plant. I hope I have done the right thing, and I did it right.
Don't you know about your exclusive diet of milkweed, caterpillar?
Current status: there's a chrysalis now, and a small caterpillar, and an even smaller caterpillar
The last monarch chrysalis outside turned out to be a bit of a tragedy: it became victim to tachinid fly.
I'm told that only about 5% monarch eggs become butterflies, and the rest perish. Even milkweeds are trying to kill the caterpillars with sticky latex sap and toxins!
I've checked out Anurag Agrawal's "Monarchs and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution" from the library. It's all very thrilling.
I also moved the last caterpillar I found to a glass jar. It turned into a chrysalis the other day.
Stay tuned for further updates!
Exciting developments in the chrysalis' glass jar this morning!
Today's monarch news: a big caterpillar and several tiny ones have appeared!
Our neighbor has donated a fancy home for the caterpillar. I hope this is a step-up from the old glass jar.
Saturday's visitor stayed a long while, and wanted to come inside: stayed and knocked on the windows and front door.
Was it you, my Appu cat? Did you become a monarch butterfly in your next life? If it was you, I miss you. 😢
Today's monarch news: a caterpillar has escaped its indoor makeshift cage, and is now hanging onto a door jamb, and is very unwilling to budge.
The one in neighbor-donated cage is now a chrysalis.
An ill-looking one I brought inside has died. It wasn't eating anything.
This evening I brought two more very tiny caterpillars inside.
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