“Butterflies in the Making”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
My butterfly bush (Asclepias currassvica) has been blooming for weeks, but only flowers, no butterflies showing any interest in them. I was starting to worry that I wouldn’t have any butterfly larvae showing up this year, but that fear was allayed yesterday when I spotted this.
These are the only caterpillars that don’t bother me when they show up in the garden because they will turn into beautiful butterflies. They only stay on the butterfly weed bushes that I have growing in several places in the back garden, and I have never found them on any other plants. They certainly can do a number on the butterfly weed though, as the next photo shows – plant stripped bare.
But, I don’t worry about the butterfly weed. Even when it is stripped bare by the caterpillars, it isn’t very long before they put out a new flush of leaves waiting for the next round of “butterflies in the making” to start munching.