7 days ago this Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar hatched and began it's journey to adulthood. The caterpillar is barely 4mm long and all but invisible to the naked eye.
Today the same caterpillar is 14mm and growing. The scale in both pictures is the same. In about 7 more days the caterpillar will be 50mm long and nearing the chrysalis stage. At this stage a caterpillar will eat nearly one entire 3" milkweed leaf in 24 hours.
Photos: J. Ormiston