I said I wasn't going to!
I have been swamped at work and exhausted by the time I get home at night. So, I had decided to raise the one Monarch egg I had and leave the rest to fend for themselves in my lush milkweed jungle. Well, I was cleaning the medium-sized frass from my one small container, when I noticed some microscopic frass in the corner. Sure enough, I had brought in an egg or small cat on the branch for my one guy. Well, OK, one more. I can raise two measly caterpillars But, no. Every time I go out to bring in fresh milkweed, I find more new cats. So, finally I couldn't resist. I went hunting and now have a total of 13 new first instar cats, and a bonus of two fat late instars that I found as well. So much for my leisurely mornings with hot coffee. I'll be out slopping through dew-covered grass to find food for my babies every morning. I bet you all feel really sorry for me, right? I hope all of you have as good luck as I have. I remember the months and years that I thought I'd never be like all those experienced butterfly gardeners on the internet. Well, I've arrived. And it's still as addictive as when I first started.