All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

I found this mass of tiny caterpillars hatching on the back of a milkweed leaf while I was searching for Monarch caterpillars. I'm sure these are some type of moth caterpillars because of the protective white mass and the fact that butterflies usually ...
I found this mass of tiny caterpillars hatching on the back of a milkweed leaf while I was searching for Monarch caterpillars. I'm sure these are some type of moth caterpillars because of the protective white mass and the fact that butterflies usually lay single eggs or small clusters. I guess moths go by the "safety in numbers" approach. I'll have to watch the plants over the next couple of weeks and see what these little critters turn into. Most newly hatched caterpillars have a large black spot on their head as seen here. (See next photo to see what they turned into!)

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