Still about 6 large larvae munching on regular milkweed this week.Haven’t seen a chrysalis all summer, but have some very fresh looking adults feeding on sunny days — estimating about 15-20.Much fewer than last summer, but my log says they were continuing to hatch out of the chrysalises into early October.My one swamp milkweed (planted this year) didn’t flower and I didn’t see any action. Also no action on my 5-6 butterfly weed plants this year. Last year the caterpillars loved them so much I had to move them to the regular milkweed so the plants wouldn’t be destroyed.
What a beautiful video Judy-amazing it could hold on with that wind. I have only seen one Monarch up here this season-the milk weed both that I bought and in the field has done very well so I’m hopeful next year will be better. Even all the purple asters haven’t attracted them here.
But I did have an amazing experience at a friends house last week in Brattleboro. I saw a band of color off to my side where I was standing. It landed right in front of me on the lawn and here is this beauty with his/her wings open and looking so perfect. She had just emerged 4’ away and spent a few minutes on the ground-Wow what a treat to see this. The black, orange, and white were even more vibrant than in this photo plus her speckled body was so striking.
Hi All —I’ve not been very thorough in tracking the handful of caterpillars we’ve had this year, but now we have our first (discovered) J on the north side of the house. My guess is it may not make it, as that wall doesn’t get much sun — just a little very late in the day. But we’ll see. The antennae are starting to wilt, so it may become a chrysalis by nightfall.