Today I have 23 Monarch Chrysalis….1 Queen Chrysalis, 1 caterpillar in the “J” formation, 1 small Monarch caterpillar (about 1”) on one plant in the “house” and 2 Queen caterpillars (1/4”) on another plant.
Outside I have 3 Queen Caterpillars on a Giant Milkweed. This plant is about 5 1/2 ft tall with very unusual flowers. I thought it was beautiful and never asked if it was a native milkweed….it’s not. I had it in the ground but repotted it and will keep it in the screen room over the winter. That is a Queen caterpillar in the photo below near the bottom of the leaf….and a couple of the spots where it has eaten. They are very thick fleshy leaves. I had a Monarch caterpillar on this plant and it grew eating on only 1 leaf…then I put it in the Butterfly House.
I am expecting it to emerge sometime tomorrow.