I've been feeling a bit poorly the last few days, so I haven't been out in the garden. Yesterday, when Garden Man got home from work, I stepped out front to check on my recent purchases which will be part of our fall perennial border re-work. One of the plants I purchased was Asclepias incarnata in hopes of drawing Monarchs.
Much to my surprise, I found this fellow happily munching away.
Needless to say, I'm a bit excited. I'd never seen a Monarch caterpillar before, and now I have one in my garden. Never mind the plant is still in a pot, it's already hosting. I've read the caterpillars are mature at 2 inches, and this one is just a hair shy of that length. I checked him this morning, and he's still munching, although more slowly than yesterday. It won't be long before he pupates, something I hope I get to witness, too. If not, just having had him here will have been enough.