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doris_mi5August 10, 2007

Monarch butterflies. Found these on the milkweed growing by my deck. I have seen the female monarch around here quite a while now. Today I noticed her by the milkweed so I took a look and found these.

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looser

That's a nice shot. They are kind of cute and will probably be very pretty soon.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2007 at 3:31PM
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lianne

those are so cute, very nice shot! i'm glad you looked

    Bookmark   August 10, 2007 at 6:02PM
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alisande

Next, a pic of the chrysalis, please! :-)

    Bookmark   August 10, 2007 at 10:32PM
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doris_mi5

alisande: Don't know about the chrysalis. Just learned about them now. I grow milkweed for them but that has been the extent of my knowlede of them. I found out today after they eat their fill of milkweed,which is poisonous, they go to a branch and make a chrysalis and hang upside down for ten days and emerge as a butterfly. That's the extent of my knowledge.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2007 at 2:47PM
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kentuck_8b

Very nice photo! However, those are not monarch butterfly caterpilars.

Here is a photo of one:

    Bookmark   August 11, 2007 at 10:58PM
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doris_mi5

kentuck: If these are not Monarch tell me what they are. As far as I know the Monarch is the only butterfly that lays eggs on poisonous milkweed. There were five of these on the milkweed and the milkweed leaves are almost all eaten.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 9:28AM
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kentuck_8b

They are Milkweed Tussock Moth Larvae.

Go here:

Milkweed Tussock Moth Larvae

Kt

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 11:43AM
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doris_mi5

Thanks kt. I know thats what they are now. The Monarch has been around here for quite some time now so I just assumed that was why but July 21 we had a bad storm that blew down part of a tree and there was another bigger milkweed where it landed and knocked it over so I just pulled it up. There may have been eggs on it and thats what she was looking for. I haven't seen her since that day I took the pictures.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2007 at 12:26PM
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juanital

Wow..that's cool...I've seen those earlier in time (1st pic)...and yesterday I've seen the monarch cat (2nd) on our milkweeds...That's just cool...

    Bookmark   August 15, 2007 at 9:42PM
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