A Local Wild Photo Short: Monarch Caterpillar
The milkweed around my home is being voraciously eaten by a variety of larval insects, evidenced only by the slowly disappearing leaves on the big plants. I’ve been keeping my eye out for a monarch caterpillar and — hooray! — I have been rewarded with my persistence by this healthy little guy hanging upside-down from a leaf.
A monarch caterpillar hangs from beneath a partially eaten milkweed leaf. A milkweed tiger moth lurks in the background. / Jessica Woken
Behind the monarch caterpillar, you can spot another, hairier variety of milkweed caterpillar lurking: A milkweed Tiger Moth! I’ll be doing a column on that creepy-crawly very soon, so please keep posted!