Every year I allow a few milkweed plants to grow under my window in the kitchen. When it flowers it has a beautiful fragrance that comes through the house during early evening when there is a gentle breeze. I also like to attract butterflies, like monarchs, that rely on the milkweed family to lay their eggs.
This photo is of the Milkweed Tussock Moth (Euchaetes egle) caterpillar.
Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillars
Fortunately, a few bats still come out here at night that seemed to have survived the devastating white-nose syndrome
. Typically the bats love to eat moths, but like the monarch, the tussock moth
has a special defense that it obtains from the sap of the milkweed that makes it poisonous to eat.
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