You never know where they'll finally show up!
I have been searching for Monarch eggs or cats for weeks without seeing hide nor hair of them. Yesterday I went to have my eyes checked, and wouldn't you know it, there was a single, ratty old milkweed growing out of the pavement at the edge of the parking lot. I was talking to my fiance on my cell, so I wandered over half out of habit, more than expecting to find anything. As I got close I realized the leaves had big chunks out of them. I didn't allow myself to get excited, because what kind of stupid Monarch would lay eggs in such a godforsaken spot? But, there at the edge of one hole, was a 5th instar cat happily munching away! And when I checked the other leaves, I found four eggs! I am over the moon! Now, if there is a 5th instar cat around, that means there have been Monarchs around for a couple of weeks at least. So, the hunt is on!