A spotlight on my natural surroundings to inspire others who love nature and those who homeschool to more closely observe and appreciate the Creator's genius so abundantly displayed in nature.
Consuming milkweed sap?
Is he anchoring himself to the leaf in preparation for making a chrysalis ? I love the top photo.
Anonymous,What the caterpillar was doing was related to the milkweed's sap.Sybil,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.
notching the leaf to stop the sap from flowing? or so the leaf will fold and hide it?
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. http://www.abundantnature.com/2011/08/monarch-butterfly-caterpillar.html
Milkweed is a good, natural beauty treatment for warts on the face and neck