Sussex County, NJ
The butterflies were observed while gardening. In late afternoon I took a walk to look for caterpillars and found a Walnut Sphinx feeding on Butternut, 2 Brown-hooded Owlets in the flower garden and a Dagger Species ( Acronicta increta or ovata) on Northern Red Oak.
I also discovered that the 6 mature Monarch caterpillars feeding on the milkweed have wandered off to pupate. 1 completed the task on the face of the front porch and the other took a long walk across the driveway to hang from a Viburnum leaf/stem.
I assume that the Monarch I observed feeding was one of the five I released the day before.
Walnut Sphinx caterpillar
Brown-hooded Owlet caterpillar
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