In years past there have been lots of them, although not so much last year. I wish we could post pictures here because...I have several cats, in at least 4 different stages, eating almost the entire supply of parsley in my herb garden. They seem to take advantage of the Monarch’s completing their cycle & are more numerous then but they are around when the Monarch caterpillars are still feeding. I’ll pinch it back so it doesn’t get floppy. Sorry this is so long MM………. Let lots of milkweed grow & trying to get neighbors to do the same. Thanks for reading and writing. They eat milkweed leaves. In NZ the natural food species of the monarch (Danaus plexippus) larvae is the Asclepiadiae family – milkweed which includes swan plant (Gomphocarpus fruticosus) and giant swan plant (G. physocarpus) as well as Asclepias species such as tropical milkweed/bloodflower (A. curassavica). Lisa in Columbia, Missouri. It was a plain blonde fuzzy caterpillar – definatly not a tussock moth – and it was just one individual. I‚Äôve found lime green round eggs on my milkweed. Monarch caterpillars are not aware of this and eat it anyway! If milkweed is the only place that Monarch butterflies will lay eggs, then why are there caterpillars all over my fennel? I am in Cincinnati OH and raised 35 monarchs this year, so I am surprised I have yet to see a milkweed tussock moth caterpillar. I was digging out some garden plants and found some Monarch larva on one of the plants. It is good for growers of milkweed to know who else to expect! Great article! Instar 4-5 caterpillars (over a half-inch long) have been reported to eat pieces of butternut squash, delicata squash, pumpkin, crunchy cucumber, and watermelon slices. I was really surprised to find 5 to 6 Tussock moth eating away on my milkweed. https://texasbutterflyranch.com/2012/12/07/queen-monarch-caterpillars-and-butterflies-how-to-tell-the-difference/. It turns into the Unexpected Cyncia moth and feeds exclusively on milkweed. Swan plant commonly planted in our NZ gardens to encourage Monarch butterflies in my opinion does not supply enough cardenolides to deter or poison its enemies, wasps remove the cats when small and birds are eating the large ones, I've got many Swan bushes but no cats grow into larger size because of the wasp, only in Autumn do I notice them appear despite seeing Monarchs fluttering around.I guess the only solution is a close mesh bushhouse. I live in northern Vermont and do not recall seeing it before. I appreciate your website in helping me identify. Thanks for pointing it out. Monarch Caterpillars on Tropical Milkweed. I have been searching on the internet to find what kind it is and I have not found out what it is. I stumbled across this article convinced that I was going to disprove the need for milkweed as I have been able to feed and hatch monarchs that I find attached to the vining weeds as I am weeding my flower bed. Milkweed plants don't produce toxins for the monarch's benefit, of course, they produce toxins to defend themselves from herbivores, including hungry monarch caterpillars. We went out citizen scientist-ing today, looking for milkweed and evidence of monarch butterflies and/or eggs and caterpillars here in Rosemount, MN. Any theories? My first thought: “That ain’t no Monarch.”. My monarch caterpillars kept disappearing, so bringing them in next year. I found a black caterpillar It looked like the second picture on the top of the website, what type is it? By planting milkweed in your own garden, landscape and throughout your community, you can help reverse the fortune of these beautiful insects. I live in Wisconsin and just found more than a dozen Tussock Moth on my milkweed. I would like to attach an image if you reply to my email. Solution 1. Their caterpillar is similar to monarch, but with extra black “horns”. Meanwhile, some caterpillars in the backyard they are munching away on the dill, while leaving the milkweed alone. I wish I knew how many days went by when my husband said “What are you doing with this butterfly in a jar?” I said, “What butterfly”? ), and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. Dogbane and giant milkweed are two other varieties. - Quora Adding on to what others have said, there are a few other foods that monarch caterpillars can eat, besides milkweed. What happens is this: when a Monarch caterpillar is ready to enter the chrysalis stage of its life cycle, it will leave the milkweed plants that it has been feeding on and travel (often quite a distance) to a place where it feels safe from birds and other predators. That tussock moth caterpillar is a cutie! I DO NOT HAVE ANY MORE MILKWEED TO FEED THE CATERPILLARS. Just thought I would share. How can I pin them? Im in ohio near Cleveland the last few days i have been seeing this fluffly caterpillar on milkweed. It doesn’t sound like they are endangered, but since they are native, I will not destroy them. You did not mention the Queen caterpillars…..I have had a couple of them in my yard which is unusual. I live in Maine and have 15 Tussock Moth caterpillars on 4 Milkweed stalks just munching away on the leaves. They are unlikely to cause direct harm to your Monarch eggs or caterpillars, since they most likely eat plant material, not other insects. I did not find any of those but I did run across a cute little fellow which Google showed is a Tussock Moth caterpillar. They are pale yellow and bristly with black heads, and they prefer to eat on the undersides of leaves. Only 4 so far this year. 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