Reader Leo Glenn sent a photo in which are hidden eight Monarch butterfly caterpillars, which look like the photo below, and three milkweed bugs (two obvious, one hidden), which look like the photo below that. Your job is to find all the insects before I give the reveal later today.
Large milkweed bug:
Here’s a “Spot the Wildlife” photo for your readers. After many discouraging years of seeing so few Monarch butterflies and caterpillars at our home in rural western Pennsylvania, we seem to be having a resurgence this year. We’ve seen quite a few butterflies, and have counted at least 20 caterpillars on our milkweed plants.
So here’s a photo of some of our Butterflyweed plants (Asclepias tuberosa) with Monarch caterpillars (Danaus plexippus). I counted eight caterpillars in the photo. Some are very easy to find, some are of medium difficulty, and a couple are pretty hard, but still clearly distinguishable. I’m sending a high resolution image, as your readers will need to enlarge it to find all of the caterpillars. Bonus points if they can find the third Large milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus). Two are easy to spot, but the third will take some diligence and a sharp pair of eyes. Hint: it is in shadow and only partially visible.
Click on the photo to enlarge it:
I’ll post the reveal at 12:30 pm Chicago time.