Contributed by Peg L. Goldman
butterfly deposits ovum onto the leaf
instar larva leaves from the egg
at which it grows into a caterpillar
on the leaf still
its skin striped yellow and black
its head from the egg visible only at first
pigment of orange and black to come
extending from the mature monarch body
having emerged from the chrysalis.
they shed their cover
they look different
Can you monitor them?
How can they defend themselves?
Can they cut it?
they consume their egg
they stick to the Ascelpias' underleaf
Do they notch the leaf?
they hang on by a thread
-- Peg L. Goldman, 2006