Hairy Hungry Monsters: Garden Caterpillars

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I left ONE volunteer milkweed plant at the edge of the garden just for fun, to see what would become of it. It turned into caterpillar food. This is what I saw stepping out of the car after work on Tuesday. I haven’t gotten around to identifying these lovelies. Anybody got a name for them? Want to make one up? Be creative.  I guess Id best get back out there and be sure this herd has not wandered over toward the tomato plants. As you see, they leave nothing but the stringy main veins when they set upon a leaf. (I’d love to have a time-lapse sequence of this one leaf over a period of a couple of hours)

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