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Old 02-01-2021, 07:35 PM
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Thanks Dolly, it fascinates me as well. It reminds me a piece of silk crumpled in your hand!
I'm annoyed that one of the shots was out of focus and I didn't realise until too late - that was a stage I hadn't captured on camera at all before. Next time .....
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Oh wow! Wonderful photos!
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I just saw this article and thought I'd share the link.

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Super cool!!
I have always known they were incredible flyers. If you watch them try to land on a particular flower in a breeze. They are amazing
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Just saw this photo series. Gracias! Awesome capture of the process!
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Plenty of Monarchs feeding on the Milkweed today in my garden:



I've got two new crops of caterpillars - the first are now about 1cm (half inch) long and the second batch are minute, hardly visible. I'll be eaten out of house and home within a fortnight!
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Observed a new behaviour today. One of the large Monarch caterpillars (probably 4th or 5th instar) was really pi**ed off and spitting green fluid for all he was worth! Internet research gave 3 possible causes:
1. Poisoning. Don't think it is as other 25 or so on plant all ok.
2. Disturbance. Possibly.
3. Overcrowding. Probably. At least 25 caterpillars have been through their instars on this plant over the last fortnight, food is rapidly diminishing. The caterpillars have eaten the ends of the stalks and the seed pods as well as most of the leaves. I think there are just enough edible bits for them to finish growing and go off to do their next bit. I've moved the new crop of tiny caterpillars to a reserve plant that I keep under a net.




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