Several monarch caterpillars on the patch of common milkweed growing in the yard by the house, in all instar stages of larva. I've been seeing them for a few weeks now, and the plants are beginning to thin out and become more stripped down to stems.
The larger patch of common milkweed in the front yard, away from the house, has no caterpillars. However, proof of their presence is shown by munching marks on the leaves known to be left by the earlier instar stages, leading me to believe predators have found this patch and larva doesn't make it past certain stages. I have to see an actual caterpillar in that patch, though.
Cold Brook, NY
Latitude: 43.3 Longitude: -75
Observed by: Kayla
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