The plan to aid monarch populations in the area by planting milkweed is working. After weeks of sporadically checking under the leaves, the first monarch caterpillar (see below) has been spotted. The little guy is only about a quarter inch or so but may (one can hope) be 1 of a few in the area. Will they all or any of them make it to chrysalis stage? With all the proximal insect predators, mantis, ambush bugs etc., who knows? Watch this space for updates. If you have space of a planter, you can EASILY do this too!