It’s like a Pet Sematary out there!

The milkweed is full of life and death tonight, like the terrifying cemetery in Stephen King’s novel. I was late getting out in the yard, so it was close to dusk and storm clouds were rolling in.

I wandered out to harvest a couple more figs from my baby tree, which is next to the milkweed patch. I always looked for Monarch cats; I haven’t had any this year. As I searched for any missing leaves among the throngs of oleander aphids, I suddenly stop. Could it be…?

Monarch caterpillar, Danaus plexippus
Monarch caterpillar, Danaus plexippus

YES!! Only one, but there it was! (Apparently, when the light is low my iPhone camera doesn’t focus as sharply.)

Then I found four more on another plant!

Monarch caterpillar, Danaus plexippus
Monarch caterpillar, Danaus plexippus

I may go ahead and pull them inside, especially after what else was in the garden…

Green lynx spider, Peucetia viridans
Green lynx spider, Peucetia viridans

A green lynx spider with a predatory wasp…

white crab spider, Mecaphesa sp.
white crab spider, Mecaphesa sp.

white crab spider waiting for dinner…

Green tree frog, Hyla cinerea
Green tree frog, Hyla cinerea

and a green tree frog hopping around in the tall grass.

Does anyone have experience raising monarch cats? How long does it take before they form a cocoon? How much do they eat a day?

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