Monday, September 21, 2009

Which Way is Up?

I planted few Milkweed plants three years ago in the hope of attracting Monarch Butterflies to lay eggs in the garden. Within few days we had eggs which hatched into 24 caterpillars! Last year there were no eggs, but this year we have 6 juicy caterpillars devouring the plants. Gotta love nature!

12 comments:

Rose said...

Wonderful! We have a bunch of monarchs that visit our front yard - they are so beautiful to watch!!!

Jill said...

How exciting!! AWESOME picture--you are so talented!! :)

natalia said...

Fichissimi !!! Dear Laura, how are things going ? I'd love to see your garden !!

Gaia said...

I discovered which are the Monarch Butterflies: gorgeous.
Did you manage to have them as guests?
un abbraccio

Laura said...

Jill, it was easy to snatch a picture of the caterpillar since it was not moving and it is so showy.

Natalia, I am busy organizing the school garden, baking for the farmers' market and gardening my own garden, which needs so much work! Come and visit one day!

Gaia, I didn't see any monarch butterfly this year, so I was completely surprised to see the caterpillars. They are absolutely astonishing and they migrate all the way from Mexico, and they hang on trees in canopies which are amazing to see, thousands of butterflies all orange and black. They are endangered so I was really excited to discover them.

Laura said...

Rose, I didn't see any butterfly this year, just the caterpillars.

Simona said...

That's so cute! Hope you'll have butterflies too.

enza said...

e così impari vuoi le farfalle? prima beccati i bruchi,
non so cosa siano i milkweed ma hoben presente cosa sono i caterpillars specie quando mi divorano le mie povere rose e mi vengono le madonne.
ci pensi tu a tradurre ai tuoi amichetti stranieri? :)))

Lisa Michelle said...

Who doesn't love butterflies? When I was a child, I used to catch colorful varieties of caterpillars in a cup, let them crawl up my srms, tickling me, gently 'petting' domr of their furry bodies, then letting them go. this brought back that memory :) Lovely photo of the caterpillar (great macro), and I can't wait to see some butterfly photos when they morph!!

Lien said...

an amazing shot, beautiful. Do these butterflies just like this particular plant? Beautiful butterflies too, I saw one in Italy, but never here unfortunately.

Jill said...

I'm guessing you've been super busy...I was checking to see if you posted a late DB challenge. I hope all is going well with you. :)

Barbara said...

When I was a child we had a flowering bush that attracted monarchs like crazy. I sat for hours and watched those beauties! Your photo was perfect.

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