Monarch caterpillars, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:

You are gentle, and stunningly beautiful;

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar

You don’t mind sharing a milkweed branch with a sibling;

Monarch Caterpillars on Tropical Milkweed

You can hang upside down, while shedding your skin;

Monarch Caterpillar Shedding Skin

Monarch Caterpillar Shedding Skin

(See those smaller feet it has just shed? This rather blows my mind.)

You are big! Your color is bold and intricate, and you turn into the most beautiful butterflies.

Monarch Caterpillar with Ruler

Monarch Caterpillar with Ruler

You are welcome in my garden any day, along with your adult self, and I will happily provide all the milkweed you can eat. Thanks for stopping by my garden! – Kaye