Thursday, August 11, 2016

Around the Village in Photos: July 29 - August 4, 2016

On July 28th a Female Monarch butterfly came through my garden and investigated all the milkweed plants. On July 29th I started looking to see if she had laid eggs. Monarchs usually lay them on the underside of milkweed leaves. I found one! I started taking notes and pictures. Five days later a caterpillar was crawling on the underside of the leaf. The next day I could see a hole chewed out of the leaf. Each day bigger holes and a bigger caterpillar! By August 4th the caterpillar was easy to see and I didn't use a hand lens. Take a look at the transformation.
Female Monarch on Milkweed July 28th

Monarch Butterfly Egg Found on July 29

Monarch Caterpillar August 2nd

Caterpillar and Chew August 3rd

Chew Holes August 3rd

Getting Bigger August 3rd

Even Bigger August 4th

Caterpillar and Hole Bigger by End of Day August 4th

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