I strolled through a large patch of milkweed. Looking at each plant I looked for leaves that had been chewed on or eaten.It is so exciting to find a Monarch caterpillar. One can see where it has eaten one leaf on the bottom right. They have a voracious appetite. Studies I have worked on are showing an increase of a population that was drastically decreased by forestry and farming practices in their winter home of Mexico.One study I have worked with is a tagging program , a project supporting a migratory study at the University of Kansas. I have worked with this for over twenty years. Last years photos I got of them got me tagged as "The Butterfly Whisperer." I watch and follow these Flying Flowers all the time. Their wings whisper soft messages of happiness, out on the prairie.
Adult Monarch Butterfly
Toad Lily, Iowa native plant
Pale Purple Coneflower
White Pale False Indigo
I like the tiny moth sitting on top of the bottom lily