Back in 2017 we had a chance to see a Monarch Butterfly habitat on a beach along the shores of Lake Huron. Spending several days in the area we had photographed the Milkweed plants growing right out of the sand. They ranged in size from a couple of inches to several feet tall. We had hoped to spot a caterpillar but none were seen until the last day in the area. After taking the opportunity to photograph the caterpillar we moved on.
The summer of 2018 provided opportunity to digitize the Milkweed plants along with the Monarch caterpillar and butterfly. This enabled us to create our lake shore Monarch habitat. We now had caterpillars seeking out Milkweed plants for food.
The butterflies soon followed, landing in the area of the Milkweed grove
Here is a close up of the Milkweed grove itself with many Monarch’s resting on the ground. Note other butterfly species were in the area as well, and we have recreated this scene.