Wow, the milkweed in my pollinator’s garden is becoming a mini ecosystem!
This week a queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus) caterpillar showed up and started monch-monchin’ away. It looks similar to a monarch, in adult and caterpillar form, but there’s some key differences, like the three pairs antennae on the queen instead of just two on the monarch. It’s the only ‘pillar I’ve gotten so far this year, so I’m guarding the hell out of it in order to share come killer metamorphosis photos with you soon :)
I have no idea what kind of ‘hopper that is in the second photo, but it’s got some cool patterning. I don’t particularly like how it’s looking at me, though.