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Beautiful garden! Thanks for the update :)
 
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The monarch eggs are hatching! almost every leaf I checked either had an egg or tiny caterpillar. and of course, aphids but they don't seem to be bothering the plants so far. Going to be fun watching these guys grow.
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Great about the caterpillars! Love the colors in your gardens.
 

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I saw three big fat monarch caterpillars on the swamp milk weed today. They look darn healthy. The plants are covered with aphids, more than I have ever seen. Ignoring so I don't hurt the caterpillars.
 

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Just did an update on the gardening forum and then went out to the garden. About a dozen female monarchs flying around the garden and I thought the birds had got all my caterpillars but no! My milkweed plants are being stripped- by caterpillars! counted over 4 dozen. They are so thick the plant are actually shaking from the chewing! I honestly didn't expect to see more than a couple of butterflies this year but they found the garden!
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I just counted a bunch on my plants. I am worried they are going to run out of food! the plants are real low on leaves. Just posted about should I try and save them.
 
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Thank you for those photos, I was able to my son, and he loved them.
 

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Way to go! I need to check on mine and plant a lot more for next year.

My plants are almost totally stripped!
 

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Well, I brought some of the caterpillars inside and put them in a large aquarium. The butterfies are gone from the garden and the caterpillars have all disappeared. I'm hoping to have a large percentage of these guys hatch out. Within 24 hours they started climbing up and hanging. 4 crysalis so far. Cats love watching their new friends.
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