Thursday, July 28, 2011

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar

We enjoy watching for monarch butterfly caterpillars in the milkweed patch. 

Monarch caterpillars do some amazing things.  The monarch caterpillar pictured below may be spectacular-looking, but I think what it is doing is just as spectacular.
Caterpillar Of The Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus
 Do you know what this caterpillar is doing?


  1. Anonymous7/29/2011

    Consuming milkweed sap?

  2. Is he anchoring himself to the leaf in preparation for making a chrysalis ? I love the top photo.

  3. Anonymous,
    What the caterpillar was doing was related to the milkweed's sap.

    The caterpillar did make its chrysalis a few days later, but it was still feeding voraciously when I took the picture.
    I'll post more about the caterpillar soon.

  4. notching the leaf to stop the sap from flowing? or so the leaf will fold and hide it?

  5. Rhondaj,
    You got it with the "notching the leaf to stop the sap from flowing". Here is a link to the follow-up post where I posted more about what the caterpillar was doing.

  6. Milkweed is a good, natural beauty treatment for warts on the face and neck