Caterpillar snack

By Betsy BrookerBy Betsy Brooker

Feeding on a poke milkweed near Washington last week, a monarch butterfly caterpillar is likely in the last generation of its species to be born here in Rappahannock this year. After pupating and emerging as an adult in September, this generation makes the 3,000-mile journey to the oyamel fir forests of central Mexico to overwinter, massing there in the thousands, then returning to Rappahannock to start the next generation in the spring.

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