Monday, September 19, 2016

Deaths in the Family

Dear Readers,

Through neglect (but with good intentions), I fear I may have allowed my Monarch caterpillars to become someone's meal.

Acting on good advice, I drove today to a neighboring town where the orange butterfly weed had originally been purchased. There, the flower-grower took me to a fresh patch, and together we pulled out my dead flowers to find the caterpillars.

There were none.

There were no cocoons either.

Alas, I think spiders may have benefited from my lovely gift.

Next time, if there is a next time, I am acting immediately on the advice of another friend. In fact, I will drive to her for careful instruction and perhaps leave my little friends to her care.

Meanwhile, this photo of a caterpillar the gardener and I found will have to suffice as a reminder of my own little beauties.

My Daily Snap

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