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Happenings in the insect world
by Tece Markel
on December 2, 2016 at 6:27 PM
I live in Newcastle (Placer County) and I also have had very late caterpillars ( into late November).
by Jo Nichols
on November 5, 2018 at 6:20 PM
One skinny Monarch carterpillar discovered today 11/5/2018, 4:00 pm. It was eating non-native milkweed leaf. I had been gone most of summer and hadn’t seen any M. butterflies in the yard from Oct . 1 to-date.  
Found in almost the same place in my Sunnyvale, CA garden, as a monarch caterpillar two years ago (it died while trying to become chrysalis).
by Paula Simms
on November 24, 2018 at 11:31 AM
Just found my first monarch larva on my milkweed! November 24, 2018...It's been raining and so not too cold. Should I bring it inside or leave it outside?
by Julie Hampel
on December 2, 2018 at 8:40 AM
Discovered 11 instar 2 Monarch caterpillars on my tropical milkweed that I had yet to cut down. No nurseries have any pesticide free milkweed in Orange County that I could find. Now what? Any suggestions on where to find wild milkweed that I can take cuttings from?
by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on December 2, 2018 at 4:21 PM
Hi, Julie,  
I know that some folks feed their caterpillars squash. See
by Marlena Hirsch
on October 5, 2019 at 8:35 PM
We start native milkweed in January from seed. It grows very slowly, but takes off when it can get deep roots into the ground.  
The black seeds on the fluffy white silk needs no special treatment before planting.  
The only caution about growing milkweed is don’t be fooled by its early slow growth. It takes off beautiful in lean soil with little water and a heavy mulch of wood chips in my garden in Santa Riss, CA.
by CRE
on December 9, 2020 at 1:14 PM
I just discovered my first monarch caterpillar on December 8, 2020! It was perched on a Salvia plant next to my tropical milkweed. I made it an appropriate habitat, brought it in, and it was chomping away on milkweed leaves before climbing to the top of the habitat. I think he is getting ready to form his chrysalis! Can't believe I found my first this late in the year!
by Kathryn King
on January 29, 2024 at 8:56 AM
I found 14 medium size and healthy looking monarch caterpillars on my tropical milkweed last week in Florida.  
We were having very warm weather at the time. It started to turn cold last night so I put them in my cage with a fresh pot of milkweed. This morning the temperature was in the high 40's and most of the larger ones had darkened. Is this normal  
or are they dying? They seem normal otherwise.
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