Wednesday, September 01, 2010

It happened last night

Back this spring, the kind Jess Riley sent me some milkweed seeds to plant to attract Monarch butterflies, but because I'm a spaz, I failed to get the seeds to germinate.





So earlier this summer found me by the side of a nearby road, digging up milkweed from a ditch and transplanting it to the edge of my yard.





Last night I was puttering around outside and noticed something on one of the milkweed plants. Check it ouuuuuuutttt:





NOM NOM NOM NOM

Success!

7 comments:

Whiskey Girl said...

Where is the "jealous" button?

That is awesome.

Badass Nature Girl said...

I bet your milkweed isn't as tall as my milkweed ;o)

Actually we had to take the nearly 7 foot tall plant out because it was on the patio and c-o-v-e-r-e-d in yellowjackets. We never saw butterflies at it. Durn it. Pretty caterpillar!

Heather said...

I'm with Whiskey Girl, I am soo jealous! Very cool!

Bridgett said...

As you know if you've been reading my blog, I've been hosting one of these guys. It went into its chrysalis on Sunday night so we have about two weeks to butterfly awesomeness.

rockygrace said...

I always thought they did the chrysalis thing in the spring, then flew around as butterflies all summer before heading south.
Live and learn.

Bridgett said...

They have a lot of generations up here in the north and then the ones that hatch out in late Sept/early Oct are the ones who go into "dipause" (meaning that they live for about seven months, making it down to Mexico, wintering over there, and then reproducing/dying in Mexico in the spring). The children of those start working their way back north and will eventually have a bunch of anchor babies on your milkweeds next summer.

Fish Food said...

That's a gorgeous thing!