Monarch Cats

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

on Asclepias perennis

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Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

The next day the caterpillars were gone...so was every leaf, flower and bud on the plant.

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Ellabell, GA(Zone 8a)

Wow, those are great photos. I love the last one.
I had Monarchs laying eggs on my milkweed too, but never see many cats. I hope they aren't getting eaten by the birds.

Celaya, Mexico(Zone 10a)

Check for birds with a nasty heartburn or hanging upside down from branches, those might have been the ones taking a bite out of the 'unpleasant tasting' Monarch Cats .



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Ellabell, GA(Zone 8a)

I thought about that just as I hit send, LOL
Then where might my cats be hiding? I had one female laying eggs on all my plants. Must be at least 25 plants, and I have only seen one cat.

Bark River, MI

I love those, they always make me think of the hookah-smoking caterpiller in "Alice in Wonderland" !!

Celaya, Mexico(Zone 10a)

Yeah I was sure you knew about the non tasty Monarch Cat morsel since it's a distant cousin to you as 'Painted Lady' LOL.
As for the missing cats: maybe a infertile batch, predatory insects eating eggs/young larvae,...
It's still early in the season and there should be 3-5 more batches upcoming in your area.
Think positive, the one cat will at least not starve :)

Lutz, FL(Zone 9b)

Do the big 'carpenter' ants eat caterpilars? My cassia was covered a day or so ago. Yesterday I saw a lots of big ants on the bush, one ant was carrying a tiny caterpillar and no big cats left on the bush...

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