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Friday, July 17, 2009

A Metamorphosis

Monarch Caterpillar
It seems to be the time of summer for monarch caterpillars. In just a short span yesterday, we found 4 plump ones like this on both butterflyweed and common milkweed. These are some of the best-known caterpillars, famous for the terrible taste they get from eating the sticky white sap of their host plants. After their final instar, they will create a jewel-like chrysalis, a shimmery green with gold and black dots. I would love love love to find one of those one day. I have seen them, even seen them in the wild (as opposed to a butterfly house)... but I've never found one. I looked on all the chewed milkweed plants I saw that didn't have a caterpillar on them, but to no avail...
Flowering spurge (I think).
Yucca flowers beginning to open yesterday at Illinois Beach.
Female 12-spotted skimmer. The male of this species was a previous dragonfly of the day; the female has brighter yellow on her abdomen.
Ruby meadowhawk, male. (Also previously shown, but, oh well.)

3 comments:

  1. Female Twelve-Spotted Skimmers don't have the white spots or they are much less visible.

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  2. The monarch caterpillar is lovely. All we get are boring green ones.

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  3. You have posted very nice picture of Monarch Caterpillar. Your blog is awesome. beth www.iflorist.co.uk

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