@gjones those are new to Minnesota in the last 10 years or so. New residents. 🤣 They are 1.5 inches long. The first time I saw one 3 years ago I ran inside the house and did not come outside for 2 hrs. I was scared of that wasp. It took me awhile to finally find out what it was. At work there is a community of them behind the building I work at.
@gjones they are fairly easy to attract. No one around me has milkweed. I have swamp milkweed everywhere in my hard because it is so pretty when it flowers. I wish I could attract more swallowtails. I really like the black ones. I planted lots of dill and fennel. I only got one caterpillar that I saw anyway. I get lots of painted ladies too. Not as many this year.
I have four Monarch Caterpillars on my Milkweed right now, and I’ve already released to brand new Monarchs into the wild, I just love them, and am so happy that I’ve seen so many more caterpillars and butterflies this year!
@gjones. I just enjoy swamp milkweed so much. I have tried growing other milkweed from seed with no luck. (Other than common) I can grow swamp milkweed so easy. I get so many seeds that it is becoming kind of a weedy plant. Good thing they do not spread by rhizomes.
@gjones thank you. I planted other milkweed seeds which did not germinate so I decided I will only grow swamp milkweed. There is some common milkweed that the other milkweed caterpillars get. They are brown with spiky hairs. I forgot the name.
@columbiariver yes. They like them. I remember back in the mid 1990's we used to have hundreds of monarchs in our maple trees in the fall at night. I miss those days. I remember if you stood under a crab apple tree in the spring the bees were so loud . I miss them too. Now I have to buy Mason bees to get fruit. Lucky I get bumblebees later.