Most of my milkweed is shoulder-high, making it easier to stoop and look under leaves for my yellow-and-black striped visitors.
Do two sets of horns mean monarch, or queen? It had been a year since I last hosted the caterpillars, so I had to look it up. Monarchs for the win!
Last year I used a sun tea jar to house the caterpillars until they turned into chrysalises, but it was difficult to transfer them to a bigger space. This time I'm using a box on the back porch. Little bud vases are just the right size to cover with plastic wrap and keep the milkweed fresh for a day or two.
With a little luck, we'll see four monarchs born in the next few weeks!