It's that time of year again!
We've been checking the underside of the milkweed plants beside the pond.
We found one monarch egg, so we snapped that leaf off and brought it home.
The caterpillar hatched out a few days later. He ate his shell, and is busy now eating the fresh leaves we've brought him.
He's still very small as you can see from the pictures.
Last year, we raised somewhere between twenty and thirty monarchs, if I remember correctly.
This year, so far, we only have this one, but he's still bringing a lot of joy.
I like to put the butterfly books out around the caterpillars to tempt the girls to read them.