|Gracin & Noah 10-30-11|
|Photo by Debbie Blunt 10-28-11|
Earlier Debbie Blunt spotted a monarch at the Wickenburg Community Hospital. A few days later she spotted another.
Last Thursday I found two monarch caterpillars devouring Desert Milkweed, Asclepias erosa, outside the Butterfly Pavilion at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. Earlier in the morning a large queen caterpillar larvae joined them.
If you have milkweed in your yard but you aren't sure if you have any monarch caterpillars, look for their "signs." While you can't look for footprints like you can for animals, you can look for leaves that are chewed or slight skeletonizing of leaves. Usually small caterpillars are munching on the under side. Or look at the ground near your plants. In this photo you can see caterpillar droppings (poop) we eloquently call "frass."
If you follow the frass up you can often find the "culprit" to enjoy.