I am quite amazed. It is mid-August now and there continue to be Monarch butterflies laying eggs on the milkweed plants. My first plant grew enough to have flowers about a month or two ago, there were many eggs which became caterpillars, caterpillars ate absolutely everything on the plants and then disappeared. I had thought that was the end of Monarch activity. Oh no. The plant came back and then another batch of eggs was laid. Those caterpillars have been gone for about a month. Now there’s a third “crop” of eggs and caterpillars beginning. Today the biggest caterpillar started doing the hectic, almost frantic, crazed eating and then moving around quite fast. This guy was about 2 inches long, it was eating everything in sight and in between munches waved it’s head around. I now understand that this activity means the caterpillar will leave and go to find a good spot to form it’s chrysalis. Bye, bye Big Fattie! Good luck on becoming a butterfly!