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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Caterpillar Surprise

 
After a night of being still, the milkweed tussock moth caterpillars crawled back to the top of the stalk and were moving around like crazy this morning. I assume they were starving and looking for more edible leaves.

milkweed tussock caterpillars

Tonight, they are pretty much all gone. A few of them have found some small, nearby milkweed. I wonder if they smelled it? Or do they just crawl aimlessly until they happen upon the right plant?

But look what I found while I was searching for these guys! It's a Monarch caterpillar.

Monarch caterpillar

Tonight he's gone too.

I spent part of the day visiting some locations to update my newly revived Get Off The Couch web site. Here's a pretty view of the Pere Marquette River just before it flows into Pere Marquette Lake.

Pere Marquette River

Stopped at a roadside stand and bought a yellow squash for my dinner. Worked on the aforementioned web site. A quiet day.

See Meadows and a Muff
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4 comments:

Lin said...

Hooray! A monarch! I hope he is okay and didn't get eaten!

Ann said...

Even as a caterpillar the monarch is pretty

Secondary Roads said...

The only fauna I see near our milkweed is the humming bird as she flits past.

Lady Lilith said...

Wow. They are so pretty from up close.

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