Milkweed Plant is $6.49. The Caterpillar is FREE

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

Our Monarch Caterpillar Nursery on our back patio continues to prosper.

We had another chrysalis hatch today and enjoyed seeing yet another butterfly - that makes 5 so far that we have seen.

And we counted 11 caterpillars of various sizes on the milkweed plants yesterday. They are hungry and leaves are disappearing rapidly.

I went to Armstrong Garden Center to buy a couple more plants  - the caterpillars are eating leaves faster than the plants we have can sprout new ones.

I went to pay for the 2 plants and the cashier pointed out that I had a stowaway (I missed it), and a good sized one (about 1.5") that will be ready for the next stage soon.

What a surprise bonus!


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Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jeff- how exciting and to think you got a stowaway to boot!!  I may have to Google and see if it's too late (or hot) to get a milkweed plant here. 

Jul 01, 2024 06:36 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

The Garden Center was running low on plants since so many have been buying them Kathy Streib

I'm not sure what the seasonal issues are for milkweed, or Monarch butterflies.


Jul 01, 2024 07:49 PM
June Piper-Brandon
Coldwell Banker Realty - Columbia, MD
Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership

Jeff, mother nature sure does provide us with unending examples of wonder!!

Jul 01, 2024 06:54 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

So true June Piper-Brandon 

It's been fun to watch these last couple of months.


Jul 01, 2024 07:49 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, OH MY, they will eat your plant.    I had some on my geraniums when I got home, and much of the leaves were eaten.

Jul 01, 2024 06:56 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

The Monarch Caterpillars are voracious eaters Joan Cox  at least from what we have experienced!


Jul 01, 2024 07:50 PM
Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farm & Commercial Land Broker-Auctioneer Serving Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm & Commercial Property For Sale 308-627-3700

HI Jeff Dowler, CRS That is really cool.  We have a lot of milkweed in Nebraska that grows wild.  We will Monacrhs migrate through the area every year.  What a beutuful process to create those creatures! Glad you have a new stowaway!

Jul 01, 2024 07:24 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

I imagine it grows wild here, too Mike McCann Nebraska Land Broker but I've not seen it. Would love to see the Monarch Butterfly population grow instead of shrink!


Jul 01, 2024 07:52 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff Dowler, CRS  seeing Kathy Streib  comment there is nothing I can add, she was spot on, Endre

Jul 01, 2024 09:33 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thanks for your thoughts, and for stopping by Endre Barath, Jr. 


Jul 01, 2024 10:32 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Jeff - nature provides a front row seat to non-stop entertainment/educational possibilities.  Watch carefully, the action can be easy to miss.   

Jul 02, 2024 03:03 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

You are right - watching is the key Michael Jacobs. Who knows what you will miss if you aren't paying attention. Wonder if I would have eventually seen the stowaway if the cashier hadn't pointed it out?!


Jul 02, 2024 09:12 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Jeff. Looking forward to seeing the pictures of your "bonuses."

Jul 02, 2024 03:14 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker 

Hopefully there will be photos to share. The butterfly that hatched yesterday hung around until today but finally flew off.


Jul 02, 2024 09:14 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is funny that you had a stowaway, haha.  Can you grow milkweed at your home, or will you have to continue to purchase the plants to keep the caterpillars coming around?

Jul 02, 2024 05:28 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Brian England 

We buy the plants rather than growing from seed which takes too long - we really only have room for plants in pots on the back patio...and who knows, perhaps another stowaway?!


Jul 02, 2024 10:40 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

A welcome bonus in your purchase, usually stowaways are unwanted hopefully this one will become a wonderful, beautiful butterfly.

Jul 02, 2024 06:14 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

It was a neat surprise Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543  It was quite large as you can see. Maybe there have been other small ones and we just missed them. WE are looking forward to seeing more butterflies.


Jul 02, 2024 10:41 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Jeff,

It's quite apparent your Monarch Caterpillar Nursery on your back patio continues to prosper! Thank you for keeping us updated and good for you for snagging a surprise bonus on your last milkweed purchase!

Jul 02, 2024 09:58 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Things are going well Dorie Dillard Austin TX  Unfortunately some caterpillars seem to crawl off to unknown places to become a chrysalis and we never see them again. 


Jul 02, 2024 10:43 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff consider yourself lucky that they did not try to charge you for the stowaway .....LOL

Jul 02, 2024 02:33 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Ha ha, George Souto 

I wonder how much a Monarch Caterpillar is? I'll have to check on Amazon.


Jul 02, 2024 02:53 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Jeff,

So cool!! I seeded milkweed, but have not seen any grow. We are in a drought, so maybe the leftovers of Beryl will jumpstart things at the end of the week. I see some seedlings of some sort, but not sure what is what.

Jul 08, 2024 08:28 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Good luck with getting some rain, but not TOO much Dorte Engel  I hope your milkweed will soon prosper.


Jul 08, 2024 02:12 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jeff Dowler, CRS - thank you for putting forth your efforts to save the Monarchs and caterpillars too! Wouldn't it be great if you stepped outdoors and saw Monarchs swarming all over your backyard! I think if I saw something like that I would drop to my knees and give thanks. 

Some people have busy bees in their yards. You have very hungry caterpillars with a stowaway too!!! How lucky are you!!!

Jul 08, 2024 02:00 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you for the kind words Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP  We are enjoying doing what we can. I would love to see multiple Monarchs instead of just 1 here and there. I suspect the mortality rate for the caterpillars is pretty high.


Jul 08, 2024 02:16 PM