Monarch caterpillars in the backyard this past couple of months. In late December, they all disappeared and the leaves were stripped so we cut back the milkweed plants.
Our milkweed plants were overrun with the above bugs. The caterpillars didn’t seem to mind. We didn’t want to spray the bugs since the butterflies would be on the plants. Since we cut the plants back the bugs are gone, although I’m sure they will come back once the plants start to grow back this spring.
This little guy was watching me take pictures of the bugs. I kept asking him why he didn’t eat them all. He said he preferred fries.
Wasps on the Bismark palm tree.
Usual visitors in the backyard, an osprey on our neighbor’s sailboat mast and a phoebe with a snack on our fence. The phoebe is pretty skittish so I had to take the above through the bedroom window.
A full moon in December from the driveway.
These are all wonderful shots, but those caterpillars are captivating!
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Aphids and milkweed beetles! I have them on my milkweed too. I pick them off and put them in our fish tank. Free food! Nice pics 👍
You have a wonderful backyard. And those moon shots are amazing!
Beautiful moon …I am sure your caterpillars are now winging their way around their world. Thanks for encouraging them!