Monday, May 19, 2008
One of the special treats of living along the Gulf Coast is watching the migration of monarch butterflies. When I started building a butterfly garden in my yard, milkweed plants were among the very first I added. Milkweed is the host plant of monarchs, which means it is the plant on which monarch butterflies lay their eggs and the only plant which monarch caterpillars eat! So obviously it is a very important part of a monarch butterfly life cycle.
It's very cool to watch a monarch caterpillar lunching in your butterfly garden.
These caterpillars really chow down and can quickly make their way through the plant.