I was walking my dog on a asphalt path around the Ellicott Creek Island Park for dogs.
I had just seen what I thought was an adult monarch, but I was not sure.
As I walked the path, I noticed some common milkweed on the edge. The 6 plants were about 2 feet tall. I turned over the leaves and soon found one first instar larva.
The weather in Western NY has been cool and wet since April. This was a rare summer-like day for us - with temperatures in the high 70s.
I was thrilled to find this caterpillar and hope to see one soon on the milkweed on my property.
Latitude: 43 Longitude: -78.8
Observed by: Donna
The observer's e-mail address will not be disclosed.
Contact will be made through a web-based form.