Queen of the Flowers

Monarch caterpillar munches on Asclepias tuberosa
Monarch caterpillar munches on Asclepias tuberosa

This little lady has arrived earlier than usual this season, or possibly I've just seen her earlier than I expect to. I haven't seen any adult butterflies yet, but I'm not certain they'd be happy anyhow, since the flowers on the milkweed are still pretty tight. This caterpillar is happy with the leaves, though, and from the looks of her... er... leavings, there's pretty good throughput there.

I'll keep my eye out for the chrysalis, which is possibly one of the most beautiful sights in the garden!