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maryintexas39 May 9, 2012 9:56 PM

more monarch caterpillars
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really enjoying watching these guys!

#1 a very, very young monarch caterpillar
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#2 these chrysalis's are cleverly hidden behind a holly berry tree
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#3 this one is getting ready to join his hidden friends
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#4 this one is just about ready to to join the others. he's almost stripped the plant
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#5 another of the teeny tiny hatchlings
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catalex54 May 10, 2012 1:24 AM

Really beautiful and interesting series Mary!! Thanks for sharing

Grounded May 10, 2012 2:59 AM

I am a bit puzzled, your first and last pictures don't look like Monarchs, at least not the ones we have in New Zealand. Could you check it out? anyway keep a close watch on those chrysalises, when they turn nearly black,be ready for the birth of a butterfly.

jjdog2 May 10, 2012 9:39 AM

Excellent series Mary, enjoyed!


maryintexas39 May 10, 2012 12:03 PM

yes, i've been told by others that those tiny ones aren't monarchs. i've got to try to look them up today at work (library) and see just what they are. they are munching on the butterfly plant, so they clearly like the way it tastes! :D
i will let you guys know when i find out what they are.

maryintexas39 May 10, 2012 12:11 PM

looks like it might be a Hyphantria cunea (spotted white moth). not 100% certain, but it looks like it could be.

saly May 11, 2012 1:08 PM

These are fantastic Mary! I love #2, the way they are all lined up! Hope they hatch safely. I just planted a small milkweed bush and I'm hoping eventually it will attract the monarchs.

I've posted these before, but these are from one of the several over-wintering colonies in California, this one is mear Santa Barbara, CA which I visited earlier this year:

FITCIP May 12, 2012 5:47 AM

great catapillars mary and im fascinated by them chrysalise. they look a bit like acorns. would love to see them hatch. and Saly, one butterfly? beautiful. two butterflies? playful. ten thousand butterflies? EWWWWWWWWW run for the hills, ive seen Hitchcock movies ;)

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