We have some amazing things to be thankful for this Thursday as we join Brian and his family!
Every year our Swan Plant (Asclepias physocarpa/Gomphocarpus physocarpa) grows tall and gets covered in fabulous caterpillars who nibble and nibble until the plant is a bare stick. There are dozens of these Monarch butterfly caterpillars in waiting! This year, due to our extended summer, we have had two generations of caterpillars eating the Swan Plants down to the ground.
The Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar
The New Zealand Trust has lots of information about Monarch butterflies and how to encourage them in your garden. We have added their video at the bottom of this post, and there is a lovely resources page on Monarch butterflies here. The Dash Kitten Crew have seen plenty of butterflies this year and left them alone.
The Monarch Butterfly
We are thankful we are able to watch these mazing creatures fly with fluttering grace and hope you enjoy the pictures and video. Do you get Monarch butterflies where you are?