The hound and I were wandering down
De La Vina Street today. Only a few steps into our walk I noticed a beautiful
orange flower growing by the edge of the sidewalk.
When I leaned down to examine it I found a pleasant surprise!
Of course when I saw this guy I suspected that my
beautiful flower was actually a weed. But that's ok.
On one small plant there were two of these large Monarch
Monarchs dine almost exclusively on Milkweed.
It gives them a lovely defense against predators. You see
since the Milkweed is poisonous (and tastes terrible to
almost anything with the apparent exception of Monarch
caterpillars) It makes the caterpillars and resulting
butterflies poisonous and taste terrible to just about
anything that would try to make a snack of them.
As I was sitting on the sidewalk, watching the caterpillar it
was amazing how many people went by (looking at me like I was crazy)
and missed such an interesting sight. Of course I
guess it is only interesting to crazy photographers like me
and other fortunate people with child-like curiosity.