Monarch Caterpillar – 8/13/20
Observer: Rita Corey
Observation Date: 8/13/20
Observation Time: 3:40 p.m.
Observation Place: Mountain St.
Common Name: Monarch Butterfly caterpillar
Scientific Name: Danaus plexippus
Comments: This monarch caterpillar was feeding on milkweed. It will soon form a chrysalis.
Milkweed is poisonous. Monarch caterpillars eat milkweed to make themselves poisonous to avoid predation. Their bright coloration is a warning to predators. Eating milkweed can sometimes be fatal to the monarch caterpillar itself.
Monarchs make an epic, multi-generational migration. Check it out at the link below.
More Information: National Geographic