Scarlet Milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, is planted in various locations throughout My Garden Path with the specific intent of attracting the Monarch butterfly.
Because the voracious caterpillars defoliate it to the bare stems, it is tucked behind other plants and in out of the way places. Here, it is in a small space between the air conditioning unit and the wood fence.
These hungry caterpillars made quick work of gobbling up this clump of the Milkweed. Because this Monarch baby nursery is next to the veggie bed, I've been able to enjoy watching the progression of the Monarch life cycle these last few weeks as I tend to the fall garden.
It is rare that I find a chrysalis. But here I found two! It is so amazing to watch the green turn to clear and be able to see the newly formed butterfly within.
Watching the changes of these chrysalides as I went about watering and harvesting from the veggie bed was such an amazing experience. I never tire of seeing all the intricacies of God's creation.
How happy I was to not have missed the debut of the newest Monarch at My Garden Path!