on a picture for a close-up view.
is now the topic of choice. Your caterpillar must have it as
no other plant can be eaten...and it eats constantly. Something
inside your caterpillar knows just how important it is to have
plenty of fresh green milkweed to eat. Far too many caterpillars
go hungry around our world due to the severe loss of habitat
and few host plants <Plants they need to reproduce and feed
their young>. Monarchs are especially at risk. Monarchs migrate
long distances and need Milkweed along the way to lay eggs on
so their offspring can continue the trip. One Monarch migration
path goes from the mountains of central Mexico all the way to
central Canada, over 3,000 miles!
is now a 4th instar...but finding a leftover skin is difficult
because they eat it. It must be tasty?!? Look at how long its
horns have gotten and if you are very quiet you can actually
hear it munching on the leaves. The Milkweed in Picture #3 is
a southern variety and is a very nice specimen. Each stem has
about 10 leaves. A 4 foot plant this size will feed only 5 Monarch
caterpillars! Each monarch caterpillar will consume 20 or more
large leaves. Do not be fooled into thinking you have enough
Milkweed for many caterpillars. If female Monarchs can not find
enough Milkweed they may deposit too many eggs on one plant
and the caterpillars will be forced to fight for the limited
food to survive...often all the caterpillars will perish once
the Milkweed supply is exhausted.
past several years sightings of Monarchs by school children
in the Northern Migration Path have been very limited. The Migration
is like a BIG race with millions of Monarchs waiting for the
weather to warm up enough to head North. Along the way they
need Millions of Milkweed plants, good weather and lots of heroes
like you who can plant a seed and protect their little ones
from hungry predators. If there is Not enough Milkweed they
can not make it. If you live in a Southern region or place where
many Monarchs gather, many people in the North are counting
on you to plant seeds and grow many plants. This is a Nationwide
project and many people are needed in every region to assist
our Monarchs. Please take a moment to think of friends and relatives
you can contact or send seeds to and get involved in this important
use this link for more ideas on how you can help the Monarchs.
acknowledge the important work so many do to assist Native Creatures
and thank each of them and you for your time and the gift of
Nature's Miracles you provide to others you may never meet.
Every seed you plant is appreciated. You make a difference.
get growing! Milkweed that is.
link will give you access to Free seeds, Milkweed plants, and
important plant care information.
Monarch Foundation is happy to bring you this free learning
experience and hope you will share your, lessons with others
and help Butterflies in your area by planting seeds for their
caterpillar children. Please take advantage of our Free
Seed Program , our low cost plants and butterfly rearing
supplies and please tell others about this online pet adventure!
in 3 days.
Big is my Caterpillar? The difference in pictures is just one
These pictures use a penny as a size comparison.