And in the end it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years."
I made a discovery just now, after I had already written my post and published it. I learned that the caterpillars in my photos were actually ones that would turn into a Black Swallowtail Butterfly. They are very similar but this site will show the difference. To repeat myself, the caterpillar shown here will not turn into the Monarch Butterfly, as I had first thought, but will reveal itself as a Black Swallowtail. All the information I have written, however, is still for the Monarch caterpillar and that is very interesting. I decided not to rewrite my post but have added more to explain. My signature logo at the end shows the Monarch Caterpillar, and the first clue is its tentacles. Another realization was that at a glance they seem similar but if you keep looking, the differences show themselves quite clearly. Here is another link. Sorry about my confusion but I am actually happy I made the mistake as I learned another fascinating lesson in nature.