Monarchs – the next generation
Over the last couple of weeks, the Monarch Butterflies have been spending time in the Gardens at Waters East.
The Milkweed is their favorite food, and they lay their eggs on the plant’s leaves so that the hatching babies have a food source right-at-hand. Here is a photo of one of the eggs, and a couple photos of the young caterpillars eating taken this past weekend in the gardens.
The egg - really really small
Chrysalis from last year
These caterpillars will form chrysalis, turn into full adult Monarchs, continue the long journey from these gardens north, even into Canada, lay eggs that will become more caterpillars, form chrysalis, become adult butterflies and those butterflies (the fourth generation from those that left Mexico) will make the very long flight back to central Mexico, never having been there in Mexico. On their way to Mexico, some will spend a day or two here feeding and resting then continue their flight to Mexico the next morning. Truly a fantastic story!