As I type I have five caterpillars eating my Italian parsley plant down to the base of the plant. Some who raise caterpillars on potted plants also stick the floral pick cutting in the potted soil, so caterpillars can crawl on to the large plant after the milkweed cutting is devoured. Apparently monarch eggs were laid on my parsley, dill, cilantro, and carrot plants because caterpillars are feeding on each of these plants (there are more caterpillars on the parsley than the other plants). It’s a Striped garden caterpillar. They drink nectar from many species of flowers, including milkweed. It is scheduled to run three miles through the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Pharr, which will possibly cause the Refuge to close due to the amount of land it takes and all the equipment and supplies to build the fence. Hardly saw any last year. Monarch caterpillars eat the leaves of milkweed plants, which belong to the family ​ Asclepiadaceae. Monarch caterpillars are not aware of this and eat it anyway! ALL Monarch Predators. Monarch butterflies gain an important defense against predators by feeding​ on milkweed as caterpillars. We’ve also talked about making your wildlife garden a certified Monarch Waystation, which will provide habitat for them, since habitat loss is one of the largest contributors to their declining populations. I found an unexpected cycnia on swamp milkweed this year, and I’ve also found 3 striped garden caterpillars. Not sure if it is a significant find, but allows for documentation. Forgot to say that the tussocks appeared on the milkweed only a few weeks ago & not many so the Monarchs were pretty much done by then. I searched all my butterfly books and ascertained it was a monarch crysallis and promptly went on with my busy life, basically forgetting about it. We have also had a few of the fluffy milkweed tussocks eating on our milkweed as we speak. Totally trying to avoid during our drives. Milkweed plants employ several defense strategies in combination to deter insects and other animals that might otherwise munch them down to the roots. Tussock moth caterpillars feasting on my milkweed. My first thought: “That ain’t no Monarch.”. I’m really hoping they leave some of the milkweed so I can see at least one monarch caterpillar this year! The Striped garden caterpillar turns into the rather nondescript Striped garden caterpillar moth, a grey, smallish creature with little black diamonds on his back. A good reminder to us gardeners that there are many moths and butterflies that our plants can play host to – not just monarchs. question: I went out to my goat hut this evening, and found a female Monarch on the side of the hut. I do not think fences make for good neighbors! And in response to the previous comments, I have found many caterpillars on my parsley as well, but they are Black Swallowtail butterflies. Argh I don’t know how to attach a pic…. We see tussock moths yearly on the milkweed. Thank you for helping me identify them. We went out citizen scientist-ing today, looking for milkweed and evidence of monarch butterflies and/or eggs and caterpillars here in Rosemount, MN. At first I didn’t know what tussock moth caterpillars were. Anyone know what this is on my milkweed? I can’t remember, but two different monarch encounters left a lasting impression, one involving a caterpillar, and the other the butterflies they become. I have a lot of milkweed in the woods behind my house, the monarchs visit the plants but have not laid any eggs on it. I found a black caterpillar It looked like the second picture on the top of the website, what type is it? Thank you, I was hoping to see some monarch caterpillars this year and was very excited to see that my milkweed plant had been stripped…but what I found under a bottom leaf was not what I expected! i have found that monarch caterpillars also eat what we in illinois call bindweed. I need to plant more milkweed, my plants have been bare of leaves and blooms for all the caterpillar activity! I’m thinking they are the “babies” growing into the more colorful tussock? Click the Submit Your Comments button below to leave us a comment! There are 3 bulbs in the pot I have sweet memories of swarms of monarchs, and black and yellow swallowtail butterflies. This site is wonderful, I now know it is the Tuscan moth caterpillars, skeletiz my many milkweed around our yard in Worcester County, Massachusetts. What else can I provide for them to eat? It is not in the milkweed GENUS Asclepias, but in the Genus Cynanchum. glad to say this year we found over 60 caterpillars from july 31 to sept 10, and let over 50 butterflies go. The Cyncia is considered a first for the area. As my Dill plant is slowly being entirely consumed by ONE monarch caterpillar, I was hoping to find other things for it to munch on so I could watch it turn into a butterfly. One caterpillar is only 2cm long and so it's definitely not searching for chrysalis mounting point. In NZ the natural food species of the monarch (Danaus plexippus) larvae is the Asclepiadiae family – milkweed which includes swan plant (Gomphocarpus fruticosus) and giant swan plant (G. physocarpus) as well as Asclepias species such as tropical milkweed/bloodflower (A. curassavica). Hi buddy,The post you shared really awesome! Butterfly Gardening for Monarchs: Got Milkweed? We have 3 or 4 milkweed tussock catepillars. Any theories? So, my question is the comment title; “Is parsley a type of milkweed”?Thanks in advance for any feedback!AmberGonzales, La. Nectar is a highly nutritious food source. I haven’t seen these before. Large numbers of caterpillars are commonly found on a single plant which they completely defoliate. Od share pic, but see no way to do that. I have the Cyncia inopinatus caterpillar on my milk weed this year. the amazing phenomenon that is the Monarch migration to their wintering sites in Mexico, and the scientists who study this migration. Here in NW lower Michigan, we are OVERRUN with tussock moth caterpillars this year! Having a bumper crop, I see 1-3 new adults every day for the last 4+ weeks & more to come. We see Tussock moth caterpillars on milkweed all the time here in Ohio. Monarchs are specialist feeders, meaning they will only eat a specific kind of plant (milkweeds), and cannot survive without it. Plant butterfly weed the monarchs love it. I’ve been telling you that we can help Monarch butterflies in our Ecosystem Gardens by planting more milkweed because that is the only plant that Monarch will lay their eggs on. In southern georgian bay, ontario we have a bumper crop of monarchs and they are flying everywhere right now. This year is the first year we have seen Monarch caterpillars o our plants. Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is a native herbaceous perennial whose main virtue is its appeal to butterfliesespecially the monarch, which deposits its eggs on the milkweed. Thank you, I forgot to add photo It turns into the Unexpected Cyncia moth and feeds exclusively on milkweed. I have these in my milkweed in Indiana! –MM. I noticed markings but didn’t pay that much attention to what they were. Although we are way to north to see them, they certainly are beautiful! Are they? They're now all 4 in my window and eating ivy as we speak. he has eaten all of the leaves on one 6 inch seedling. Photo by Monika Maeckle. My butterfly bushes are covered with monarch caterpillars and I want them to thrive. It has now turned into a beautiful green chrysalis with a gold trim and gold dots. I would attach them if I knew how, sorry, they’re on my phone. Anyone know what this might be? They are sort of pretty. Their eggs are always laid in clusters so it is not uncommon to so 50-100 of these at once. Judging from conversations with folks who work and play a lot with milkweed raising caterpillars and butterflies, these other milkweed eaters are not all that common. They stripped all of my swamp milkweed in 2 days. There were probably 30 or more of the Tussock Moths caterpillars, and they were still very small. Never saw anything like it before! I have found a little caterpillar on my milkweed I have not been able to identify. I have never found them on any other plant except this particular ivy. Instead of getting everyone to plant milkweed, I feel like it may be more obtainable to educate gardeners of the different milkweeds that can be beneficial and how to maintain them in a controlled way. Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) Tropical milkweed probably wins the contest for the … If you have any hints I’d appreciate it. I think it would help this discussion topic if you posted a picture of the Black Swallowtail butterfly caterpillar with the article. The article didn’t mention the Queen Butterfly (often misidentified as a Monarch), that also host on Milkweed plants. Will it be ok to let it out tomorrow and hope it gets somewhere warmer by tomorrow evening? Will photograph stages. The monarch butterfly is one of the most widely recognized butterflies in North America, well known for its spectacular migrations. They have a varied diet in that the young eats leaves of milkweed plant while the adults feed on nectar of flowers. We live in Southeast Nebraska, and this is the first time in the 13 years we have lived at our address that I have found these caterpillars. Monarch butterfly caterpillar on milkweed, its host plant. Monarch caterpillars do not feed on tomato plants, despite what may seem like circumstantial evidence to the contrary. I live near Newville, PA and have also seen lots of the Tussock moth caterpillars defoliating my milkweed. We have lots of Monarchs, too. The adult lays it eggs on milkweed only. They left several eggs on milkweeds, and I have enjoyed raising them. Also monarch don’t eat tomato. My first thought: “That ain’t no Monarch.”. Monarch caterpillars will eat butternut squash and a few other raw vegetables. We are wondering what do they grow up into, as we have not found any information on these. They seem to take advantage of the Monarch’s completing their cycle & are more numerous then but they are around when the Monarch caterpillars are still feeding. But otherwise they look like monarchs. thanks to your website I now know what they are, Thanks. Glad to have it identfied!! We live in southwest Missouri, and I have had tussock moth caterpillars on my milkweed for some time now.