Milkweed Sighted

Date: 09/17/2022

Number: 1

We have about a dozen milkweed plants adjacent to our house that supported (many?) more than a dozen Monarch caterpillars this summer. The leaves have nearly all been eaten. We have found six chrysalises nearby of which four survived to produce butterflies. We reported these.
We also have a field with several hundred MW plants. There have been no obvious caterpillars and only perhaps three plants show any signs of eaten leaves (I observed this today).
Can you tell me what's going on? The plants near the house get sunlight from midmorning to midafternoon and are more or less sheltered. The plants in the field get sunlight nearly all day and are not sheltered at all; there are no nearby structures or trees, etc. Is there anything that we can do to attract Monarchs to the field?

Thank you,
Michael Heinemann

Kirby, VT

Latitude: 44.5 Longitude: -72

Observed by: Michael
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