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Monarch caterpillar on milkweed plant.
Monarch caterpillar on milkweed plant.


Munch’O Brunch

This little fellow spent its Sunday morning munching on a milkweed plant in my backyard – devouring it to the stem with the help of its famished brethren.

That’s O.K. That’s why I have milkweed in my South Florida yard … to feed the larvae so they can grow into Monarch butterflies.

These clever little creatures have a great chance of survival since they are poisonous or at least distasteful to birds and animals because of the cardiac glycosides inside milkweed eaten by the larvae.

I might be out of a plant at the end of the day, but by the end of January, I’ll have monarch butterflies dancing around with me in the garden.

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