Monarch Caterpillar Wrapped Around Milkweed Buds

photo of Monarch caterpillar curled around common milkweed flower buds

Caption: A Monarch Caterpillar wraps its body around flower buds of Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Common milkweed is a hearty perennial that has grown on the side of our house for years. Each summer there are dozens of caterpillars that frequent these plants.

Milkweed is the only source of caterpillar food that can provide the larva with the nutrients it needs to transform into an adult butterfly.

Camera: Nikon D60 with 18-55mm Zoom lens.

Caterpillar Facts: There are over 100 species of milkweed in North America and over 200 worldwide! The monarch larva has been reported to dine on 27 species, but there are likely others that will suffice.

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