Are monarch caterpillars earlier than usual this year?

Asked June 20, 2017, 7:41 PM EDT

We just found two, 2" long, monarch caterpillars eating an un-opened bloom in a patch of milkweed. Isn't it unusual to find caterpillars this early in the season and that they are eating the bloom vs the leaves of milkweed?

THANKS!!!

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1 Response

Our entomologist says that neither of those things is uncommon.
It is, however, great to hear.
Enjoy, and thanks for feeding them.

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