It’s another warm day here in West Chester but I wanted to go see if I could spot the caterpillars. I also wanted to see how the campers’ grass heads were faring. It seems to me that the best time to find the caterpillars is earlier in the day and that held true today! Here are some pictures.
The caterpillar or larva is the second stage of a butterflies life cycle. During this stage they primarily eat and grow. Their exoskeleton (skin) can not stretch or grow, so the monarch larvae molt or shed their outer skin five times so that it can continue to grow. It increases in size 3000 times from the time it hatches from its egg to the time it is ready to pupate and become a chrysalis.