It’s nearing the end of June and I still haven’t found any monarch caterpillars in our yard, even though there are at least 115 common milkweed plants. Last year, I found the first two monarch caterpillars on June 17, so we are at least a week behind.
Meanwhile, plenty of other creatures are enjoying the milkweed leaves and flowers.
Butterfly, which I think is a summer azure:
Asian lady beetle:
An interesting long spider set up shop above a milkweed leaf:
The blossoms sometimes trap insects, like this fly, which had three stuck legs:
This honeybee was also trapped, though it was able to free itself:
A small bee (possibly halictus) flying in.
A longhorn beetle, which I suspect is a newly hatched red milkweed beetle:
I also noticed a lacewing and a red admiral butterfly but they flew off before I could get photos. Monarchs and caterpillars have been spotted in the Twin Cities, so it’s just a matter of time.