Early-Bird Traveler

Today’s post features a phone camera image I captured yesterday in my church’s butterfly garden, here in the Missouri Ozarks … a large, Monarch butterfly caterpillar.

Typically, I haven’t seen Monarch “cats” in the garden until later in the summer. But this year, the milkweed plants from last year have really re-seeded themselves and there is an untypically high number of milkweed plants … and much earlier than I typically see. Consequently, the early Monarch butterflies (that are migrating north in the spring) have found the milkweed and have laid eggs much earlier than normal.

By the way, I found 6 Monarch cats on this day!

Monarch Caterpillar feeding on Milkweed

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Pixel 3 Phone camera
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