Monarchs Hatching

We have a treat for our readers today! A long-time reader has sent us a photo blog of the Monarchs in her yard mating and then laying eggs on her Milkweed plants. She spent a few weeks keeping an eye on the egg until it hatched, and then tracked the baby caterpillar.

Mating Monarchs.

Monarch mating

 

Laying the egg.

Monarch laying egg

 

The egg.

Monarch egg

 

Six days later the caterpillar hatches.

6 days after egg laid

Little, isn’t he?

These caterpillars feeding and forming chrysalises now will be the butterflies making the migration south this fall. The butterflies laying eggs over the summer will die before completing a migration.

 

 

 

 

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