We could find about a dozen Monarch larvae on a large (8-ft tall) exotic milkweed shrub, Crown Plant, Calotropis gigantea (Asclepiadaceae), near the Botanical Gardens in Balboa Park. No chrysalises were found on or near the plant.
I'm leaving the picture oriented just as the caterpillar was, foraging or getting ready to attach himself to the underside of a leaf.
Mariposa parada sobre la rama de mezquite
Mariposa localizada en herbáceas cercanas a camino rural en la vega de Metztitlán, Hgo.
Nymphalidae is the largest family of butterflies with about 6,000 species distributed throughout most of the world. These are usually medium sized to large butterflies. Most species have a reduced pair of forelegs and many hold their colourful wings flat when resting. They are also called brush-footed butterflies or four-footed butterflies. Many species are brightly colored and include popular species such as the emperors, admirals, tortoiseshells, and fritillaries. However, the underwings are in contrast often dull...