Success! Our first photo of a Monarch caterpillar – a VERY hungry caterpillar, indeed – was taken on September 2, 2021.

The Colonnades, Charlottesville, September 2, 2021 ~ Photo by Ruth Kastenmayer

We were so pleased to receive our Monarch Garden sign and certificate from the North American Butterfly Association in June 2020. During this pandemic it has been somewhat surprising, but also very calming, to notice that nature is moving along at its regular pace.

We are choosing plants that should appeal especially to the Monarch butterflies that migrate through C’ville every year, and we look forward to their appearance in our gardens here at the Colonnades in Charlottesville, Virginia.

It has been a number of years since I published a photo of a Charlottesville Monarch:

Charlottesville, August 12, 2010, Photo by Walt Kastenmayer
Charlottesville, August 12, 2010 ~ Photo by Walt Kastenmayer
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