Caterpillar Relocation

The Monarch caterpillars are doing so well that they ate all the leaves from some of the Butterfly Weed plants.  I gently collected these big fat ones for relocation.

The caterpillar got right to work munching on the new leaves.  Having too many Monarch caterpillars is definitely a good sign for the population.

29 Comments on “Caterpillar Relocation”

  1. Tina says:

    Munch, munch, munch! Love this and so glad you have enough for their meals, even if you must move them around a bit. I have loads of Fritillaries (still!), but only a few Monarchs wafting through the garden. I’ve checked my milkweed, but didn’t see any eggs.

  2. Yay! I rarely see the Monarchs, though I don’t have any Milkweed! Hmmm. Glad yours are fat and happy.

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Bless you for keeping them well-tended and fed! 🙂

  4. Chloris says:

    Wonderful to have these beauties in your garden. I love the stripey catterpillars.

  5. I didn’t know they were out already since much is not growing yet. I’ll have to be on the look out, although I’m assuming you live in a much warmer area than I. I did surprisingly see my first butterfly yesterday.

  6. carol says:

    I just did the same thing this weekend. A dozen all crowded on one stripped plant. Luckily, I have more plants scattered about. Hoping now the wasps don’t find them.

  7. shoreacres says:

    I found my first caterpillar of the year yesterday. It’s not a Monarch, but I know I identified it in the past, so I’ll be able to figure it out. It was one of the black fuzzy ones, and so cute. I found another one that had met an unfortunate end; it was in two parts. I suspect a bird might have been involved in that: a snatch and grab that went bad.

  8. Deb says:

    They do look nice and fat!

  9. tonytomeo says:

    This if funny . . . When my niece was a little tyke, she found a bucket of snails that her Pa had collected (for disposal). She thought they looked uncomfortable in the bucket, so moved them under a big angels’ trumpet, and took the lid off.

    • I’ll be her dad just loved that. Kids are so funny.

      • tonytomeo says:

        He was FURIOUS . . . so of course, telephoned me right away. I tried SO intently to not laugh . . . for about half a minute. . . or less. . . okay, so maybe I did not even try. Hey, he should have known better than to call me! I reminded him that it was not nearly as bad as some of what we did in our parents’ gardens on a regular basis. Our parents just let us get away with it. (Of course, our parents were not renowned landscape designers who used their gardens as demonstration gardens, like he does.) Before I could stop laughing long enough to tell him that he was an idiot for not disposing of the snails directly, he realized how pleased he was that his daughter enjoys the garden how she does, and is comfortable with the wildlife within it. Shortly afterward, he bought a bunch of ladybugs for her to release into the garden. It became a tradition.

      • What a great ending to that story and a lesson on helpful insects.

      • tonytomeo says:

        Grace is one of the few things that Brent ever did right.

      • tonytomeo says:

        I do not believe that she ever heard anything about the problem with releasing snails into the garden.

    • That is a kind child! Have to be proud of her!

  10. Wow. And even their caterpillar colours are striking.

  11. pbmgarden says:

    How exciting. Cycles of nature…

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