We have at least two monarch larvae so far. At least I have seen a monarch caterpillar twice at a distance from each sighting along the driveway. Maybe the first one went for a long hike and was the second also. I should have tagged it.
Anyway, it is encouraging. Last year we had several but the only chrysalis I saw ended up succumbing to Black Death…on my front door of all places.
Of course I’ll post more as I find them and as they get bigger. This little guy was maybe an inch long if that.
It was a little challenging getting a sharp shot as the little chomper never stopped eating for very long and kept moving its head with all the nibbling, at one point causing a milkweed latex gusher. But they have a limited time to grow to a point where they can enter the cocoon for metamorphosis.
The increased size of the Mark IV files allowed me to crop for a closeup of the head details. Even had I not captured a sharp shot, it was a neat experience watching it eat.