monarch caterpillars late in the season
I've got 4 monarpillars in what appears to be 2nd instar, and today a 5th appeared that's wee wee teensy bebbeh 1st instar. These milkweed plants are not very old, and I read that in the last couple of stages the caterpillars can eat a leaf an hour o_O I don't have enough leaves for 5 'pillars to nom at that rate. Unless they'll eat the flowers and stems too? This is my first year with a host plant at all and I was really surprised to find the little guys, so I'm not sure what to do about the possible food shortage. I emailed the Texas Discovery Gardens where I bought the plants, because
they sold me pregnant plantsthey're bound to have info, but I thought I'd also run my concerns out here and see what the more experienced might have to offer.