My wife is a Master Naturalist who has planted milkweed from seed for the last few years. This was the first year that we had a Monarch come and lay her eggs on the plants! I spotted 12 little caterpillars munching out like little machines, getting bigger and bigger with their instars. At their final stage, we put them in an enclosure outside to keep them safe from birds and wasps.
Light in the Dark
I made this photo in the War Eagle Cavern on Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas during our family vacation in 2020. It is one of the most beautiful caverns in Arkansas and providing access to a dark, mysterious and bizarre underworld and habitat.