The poor milkweed in the picture was all bent over by whatever has been sleeping in the garden. I pounded in a metal fence post and tied it up with some strips off an old towel.
The caterpillars are happily munching away. I was surprised that the plant still has so many leaves.
I spent a lot of time watching them.
They grow fast and then the biggest ones just disappear. I read they look for a spot away from the milkweed to climb and make their chrysallis.
This one is eating a seedpod. I am curious about that. If the seedpods get eaten then they cannot produce seeds which means fewer plants for the caterpillars to feed on.
I will be adding more pictures to this post and keeping it strictly on the topic of Monarch Butterflies.