Caterpillars at Last!
For five years, I have been letting milkweeds, THE favorite food of monarch butterfly caterpillars, grow along the pond, but I've not attracted any until this year. I just discovered two caterpillars! I've been tempted to clean up the growth because the pond is smack dab in the middle of our front lawn (though separated from the road by a small woods and the meadow. I'm glad I didn't do anything more than cut back brambles, goldenrod and other unwanted verge vegetation. Of course, the muskrat helps control the vegetation.