|Monarch female on Asclepias curassavica|
She did not like my presence and flitted around on the terrace seemingly to chase me away, not returning to the plant until after I had retreated inside. This was repeated several times as I tried to get a photo but she would not tolerate my getting close enough to get a decent image of this delicate process. Can you blame her?
The egg is delicately fluted. There are several on the plant which I am not quite sure can stand the defoliation that is coming. I am prepared to transplant the caterpillars to a common milkweed in the field if necessary.