Here I am searching the milkweed plants hoping to find a monarch caterpillar. I have been protecting these plants for weeks but had seen no sign of the monarchs. The plants grew top-heavy with their giant seed pods and eventually toppled over. I knew that wouldn’t appeal to the monarchs so I propped the plants up with large stones. While looking at the milkweed plants one more time today I finally noticed a damaged leaf. I looked closer, turned the leaf over and found a great big monarch caterpillar!
The season for caterpillars is quickly coming to an end so I suspect this one will soon form its chrysalis and emerge to join the special generation of monarch butterflies migrating to Mexico. It’s hard to believe that this little guy will travel from Muskoka to Mexico, two thousand miles, leaving the rest of us buried in snow while he plays in the sun.