About a week ago, my daughter gave me a Monarch caterpillar she found in my milkweed garden. She has been raising Monarchs for 3-4 years so I thought I might give it a go.
I started a journal and gave it a name, DP-1, which comes from the Monarch’s scientific name, Danaus plexippups. It–no idea what gender–is about 1/2″ long in this picture and currently lives in a plastic sandwich box. A fresh leaf every other day keeps it fed, but daily cleaning of its “dorm room” is required — yes, even caterpillars need a diaper change.
Geez, lots of responsibility, like raising kids; when do they smile?
Thought for the Day: Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do. Dr. Benjamin Spock