More Tips for Communal Living
There was a possibility that the hurricane Dorian would come close so I staked what I could and while I was out there, I noticed a monarch caterpillar very still on a milkweed leaf, in a very vulnerable spot (not pictured). So I clipped the stalk and brought the caterpillar in with extra stalks. By morning s/he still hadn't moved and I thought, oh no, death. Then I saw
which is a molt and a poop! The caterpillar remained still for a while longer. I guess molting is exhausting. Sometimes pooping can be as well. S/he was lively by the time I checked again, exploring the world inside the food storage container currently serving as home.
Communal living is amazing, if you think about it.
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