Danaus plexippus Larva: Eating Machine

Fourth instar Monarch larva

I found this caterpillar in our garden on Friday July 8. On Sunday I moved it to another Narrow Leaf milkweed plant that is larger than the one on which it hatched, because the original plant was too small and running out of leaves to eat. The Monarch female typically lays only one egg per plant and milkweed… Continue reading Danaus plexippus Larva: Eating Machine

Red / Cobwebby Thistle

Red, or Cobwebby Thistle (Cirsium occidentale  var. occidentale) is a wild plant that is endemic to California.  I came across this plant while hiking in late May on Albertson Fire Road between the Lang Ranch trail head and China Flat in Cheseboro.