They’re everywhere, everywhere….
Yes, my family deliberately plants milkweed for the monarchs to munch. And munch they do. I suspect part of the monarch population problem is butterflies laying a whole bunch of eggs where there is not a whole swamp full of milkweed to mow down. The local wasps, especially mud daubers, often take a fair proportion of the caterpillars, but sometimes not enough for the milkweed to survive no matter how much we’ve got planted. We keep trying to grow more.
(An ecologist, someone once put it, is someone who feeds the birds in hopes of seeing hawks. We work on a smaller scale….)
Aaaand she’s back! Yes, she; those small diamond-like darker spots on the back mean a female. At least in Florida.
(And now my brain’s giving me images of cross-dressing brown anoles in other states, and I obviously need more sleep. Oh dear.)