Monarchs and Milkweed Moths

So much of life on the farm is routine… up in the mornings to feed, water, and scoop – and in the evenings to repeat the same. But it seems as though there’s always something new to find and discover.

Two years ago, I read about the plight of the monarch butterfly, and how their numbers were declining. I planted a patch of milkweed and installed a butterfly house (which will be available for sale in the spring from the online store!) to see if I would be able to attract them.

Last summer, I remember laughing at the fact I intentionally planted weeds as a flower garden – and I also remember smiling because I saw some of their very distinct caterpillars munching on that milkweed.

So, about a month ago, I saw these guys crawling on my front porch

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I’d never seen caterpillars that looked like that before. Once again, grateful for Google – I found that these are the caterpillars for what is commonly called the Milkweed Moth. Intrigued, I made a trip to the milkweed patch to see if they’d found it… my guess is “yes” hahahah

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