There are more than a few ways to identify a Milkweed plant playing host to Monarch caterpillars. Finding lovely little green bundles of digested milkweed is a sure sign caterpillars are at work!
I am jumping the gun a little with these next images but I just could not resist. This morning I went out to check the five milkweed plants I bought at wal-mart yesterday evening and to my surprise and delight found that there was a chrysalis that rode along on one of the leaves. The chrysalis is well advanced and very soon a brand new butterfly will emerge.
A newly developed Chrysalis looks like an exquisitely decorated piece of Jade. When a chrysalis becomes transparent like the one above the transformation is almost complete!