Mr.Stripey...FINALLY! by Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

FINALLY FINALLY! I got to see a gorgeous amazing looking Monarch caterpillar! I LOVE these guys!
to know that…….they eat such a toxic plant….and are able then to transfer that toxicity to thier innards…so when they become butterflies? NOTHING will eat them and remain impartial to the toxins………….
This fellow was only about finger length…still a bit to go before ready to pupate…
Found inside the wildlife prairie area of Sugar Lake Marsh zone…….


  • velveteagle
    velveteagleover 6 years ago

    Carla you have done such a fantastic job of capturing such detail and color and placement.. Bravo.. Worth the wait for sure..

  • i’ve now seen a total of 4 my whole life……..but this time? i got a good photo! these guys to me are just awesome in their beauty

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • J.K. York
    J.K. Yorkover 6 years ago

    he is a beautiful creature. what super markings, crisp and well defined. perfect sharpness from head to ‘toe?’ good working pose too. well done.

  • fascinating to me also? is how…….in their larva stage…they’re yellow/black/white striped….and when they’re in the butterfly form? they’re orange/black with white dots…thanx J.K.!

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • artist4peace
    artist4peaceover 6 years ago


  • BigD
    BigDover 6 years ago

    Excellent work, Carla. BigD

  • Corinne Noon
    Corinne Noonover 6 years ago

    My mother in-law and I just picked one of these up today 8/15/2008 we are going to raise it to become a monarch butterfly and let it go on my zinnia plants.. cool !!!!!

  • cooool! their crysalis? have beautiful gold specks on them…….a pretty green also.

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Corinne Noon
    Corinne Noonover 6 years ago

    yahhh they do have a little gold on them..then 10 days later a beautiful butterfly comes out,cant wait !!!!!

  • i’ve wanted to get ‘butterfly farms’ to let my son be able to watch them go from caterpillar to cocoon/crysillis to butterfly/moth stage (ok…so i wanna see too!)….but an easy way that won’t get me into trouble with my housing is just to plant a garden with all kinds of variety of plants….

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Karri Klawiter
    Karri Klawiterover 6 years ago

    Nice shot!

  • thanx Karri!

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgeover 6 years ago

    Amazing caterpillar Carla

  • one of my FAVORITES!

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisover 6 years ago

    What a wonderful find Carla!! He’s a beauty too!!! Love those stripes!!

  • aren’t they just amazing fellows?!?

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

  • Dmarie Frankulin
    Dmarie Frankulinover 6 years ago

    so cute…excellent capture :-)

  • one thing i hate about winter…no more caterpillars. >sigh<

    – Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters

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