More stats on the monarchs.
Wednesday, June 12: 138 eggs, 14 caterpillars.
Friday, June 14: 116 eggs, 17 caterpillars. Six had just hatched (about 1mm long); one was so new it was still eating its empty egg case. (Here's
a photo.) Two were 44.5mm (1-3/4"), and the rest ranged from 9.5mm (3/8") to 22.2mm (7/8").
I saw a paper wasp today. GET THE HELL OUT OF MY YARD.
In other news, there's a house wren living in or near the back yard. Whenever I take Missy out, it hops into view and scolds. I'm trying to get some photos, but it pops in and out of the foliage, as wrens do. The crows are raising another brood way the heck up in a palm tree, and the babies are starting to get noisy. The adults are on edge and chasing everything in the neighborhood that looks like a threat, including a kestrel that's no bigger than a city pigeon. Silly birds!
There's a green lynx spider in the geraniums out front. Including legs, it's about half an inch long. I'm watching out for it when I deadhead the flowers.