Yellow, black and white striped Monarch caterpillar is decimating Milkweed bush on its way to becoming a butterfly!
Explore Jun 8, 2011 #149
I bought 15 more Milkweed plants and now only two weeks later the Monarch caterpillars have not only eaten the leaves but also the flowers. And they are chewing their way through the stems! Hopefully they will get their fill and the Milkweed will survive, releaf and reflower so the butterfly stage can lay eggs on it!
It was exciting getting these plants at Home Depot because a Monarch butterfly kept flying around and landing on them... and I suspect, laying eggs on them. I tried repeatedly to catch her with the giggling support of a friendly employee but she eluded my hand. Sure enough a couple of days after I planted my 15 new Milkweed, they began disappearing and a couple of days after that I was able to see the tiny yellow, black and white caterpillars that were eating them up!
Yes, the butterfly may have eluded me. But her offspring are now thriving in our garden!
Biscayne Park, FL