|A sure sign of hatching success, Monarch caterpillar poop.|
I started looking for eggs. None in the garden so I had to expand my search. I went out to the road and looked. On Friday the 26th I found some. I finally figured out that the monarchs are laying eggs but not on the mature plants. They seem to only be laying eggs on the young milkweed. If it was 8 to 14 inches tall I found eggs. Nothing high enough to make it comfortable searching. I have to bend down low to find them.
The tall mature blooming plants had nary an egg on them. I came in with 10 eggs for sure and two that I was unsure about. Then I found one more the next day. So far 7 little caterpillars are hatched. YAY!
|caterpillar and egg.|
|Seven caterpillars in the ice cream pail with some young tender leaves.|
As you can imagine this sort of takes over the kitchen counter for a few weeks. But when they hatch it is so worth it.
|Update: First caterpillar changes to a chrysalis 8/11/13|
This morning one of the chrysalises was black and I could see the orange wings. I was pretty sure it would open so I was keeping an eye on it. Not enough of an eye though. This is what I saw when I looked at it 30 minutes later. It must have been opening the last time I looked at it. Maybe I need new glasses.
|Update number 2, 8/21/13. Five to go :-)|