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The Monarch butterfly or butterflies that visited our milkweed plants must have laid some eggs. Last week I found several Monarch caterpillars crawling and munching on the plants.

Monarch caterpillars.

Monarch caterpillars. The head is the end with two small antennas.

Monarch caterpillar.

Monarch caterpillar.

Monarch caterpillar munching on milkweed.

Monarch caterpillar munching on milkweed.

However, after a few days they disappeared one at a time, even after new ones were hatched. Today, there are none left. I would like to think they became Monarch butterflies, but I am very afraid that the birds got them before they could do that. Perhaps I should put some netting over the plants as a barrier against birds, but it may already be too late for this year.

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