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Cris Wood, of White River Junction, shared this photo of her “garden guest,” a monarch caterpillar in her yard. She left it as a comment on the Valley News Facebook post for a very interesting story about Monark, a co-operative of farmers through Quebec into Vermont who are maintaining oft-maligned milkweed to the benefit of monarchs — and potentially their bottom line, with plans to sell their milkweed harvest for commercial purposes.

Anyway, back to White River. According to Cris, her daughter named the caterpillar Chunky “because it devoured two large leaves in under 24 hours. A VERY Hungry Caterpillar.”

Photo courtesy Cris Wood, of White River Junction.

Weeeee! Thank you for sharing, Cris! If anybody else has photos they would like to share of monarchs (in 🐛 or 🦋 format), please share them on the Facebook post or email them to me at mcassidy@vnews.com.

ADDENDUM

More monarch photos!

This one from Sandy Bailey, of Norwich. “I’m in the process of becoming a Monarch Waystation as part of my Farm school curriculum for my 501c3 StoneLedge Stables,” Sandy says. “We connect preschoolers and early elementary children with rescued farm animals for social/emotional development.” Neato!

Photo courtesy Sandy Bailey, of Norwich.

Here’s another from Donna Nelson, of Thetford Center, who says “this has been our best summer for monarchs in years!”

Photo courtesy Donna Nelson, of Thetford Center.

This photo by Theresa Sabol was taken in Grantham!

Photo courtesy Theresa Sabol.

Here’s an entire posse from Randolph Center! Thanks, Ashley Larson!

Photo courtesy Ashley Larson, of Randolph Center.

DOUBLE ADDENDUM

More about monarchs: A downloadable PDF from the Monarch Joint Venture.