Where else can you go to find a ridiculous number of photos of monarch caterpillars just crawling around, munching on leaves, and generally hanging out? Nowhere! (You know you love me)
I just think these guys are irresistibly cool.
This one has clearly already done some damage to this milkweed.
You can see how they disable the midvein of the leaf first, to reduce the turgor pressure of the latex that defends the leaves (which can gum up their mandibles). I learned that from Anurag Agrawal, an awesome ecologist at Cornell.
Munch munch munch
I dig how the eyes are patterned just like the rest of the body
I don’t know what this guy was looking for but he crawled to the end of each leaf and then hung out waving around beneath it.