"How true it is that,
if we are cheerful and contented,
all nature smiles,
the air seems more balmy,
the sky clearer,
the earth has a brighter green...
the flowers are more fragrant...
and the sun, moon, and stars
all appear more beautiful,
and seem to rejoice with us."
Tiny Monarch Caterpillar - this is my first of the year sighting. - Deerfield Trail, Blacksburg, Virginia
Each weekend I try to get out and inspect the milkweed that grows in and around the many greenways and trails in Blacksburg. I was rewarded with my first sighting of a tiny monarch caterpillar - who I hope grows up to become a beautiful monarch butterfly.
“There is an undeniable exhilaration in moment of even the smallest discovery”
― Graham Moore
This was such an exciting find for me.
My first Silvery Checkerspot EVER -
seen on June 23, 2019 at Heritage Park
in Blacksburg, Virginia. Nectaring on the
milkweed that is abundant in this area. I try
to inspect this milkweed weekly for monarch
caterpillars, and to my delight saw this beauty.
It was quite thrilling!