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Monarch Caterpillars

I mentioned yesterday that I took pictures in my mom and dad's yard while they played with Gracie.

While I gazed at the flowers and the bees sitting in them, my mom said, “Oh, hey! Did you see my caterpillars?”

I don't know how I missed them. I was surprised to see three big, fat monarch caterpillars munching away on the leaves of a weed next to the house.

Monarch butterfly caterpillar eating

Monarch butterfly caterpillar eating

I was drawn to this one, in particular. He was eating a leaf, and I was amazed to see the leaf disappearing right before my eyes. I watched for several minutes, seeing every bite. He was methodical, eating carefully across the leaf like a typewriter.

I didn't realize that caterpillars eat so quickly, but I guess they have a lot of food to ingest in their two-week life span.

Monarch butterfly caterpillar eating

Monarch butterfly caterpillar eating

Monarch butterfly caterpillar eating

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