Mariton: Which End is Up?

August 8, 2019

by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager

Quiz: Which end is the head?

This Monarch caterpillar was on some Purple Milkweed (Asclepia purpurascens) near the shop.  Right now the fields are full of Monarch butterflies, most of which are very faded and nearing the end of their lifespan.  A few weeks ago, we saw adults laying eggs on milkweed.

Hint:  to find the head, look at which end is eating a bit of milkweed leaf.