What's your question? Ask

Milkweed Plants

Q.Why are caterpillars dropping off my milkweed plants?

Zone Highland, California | Anonymous added on July 9, 2019 | Answered

I recently transferred 3 milkweed plants from pots to ground. After about a week I noticed 5 caterpillars had dropped off the plants and onto the ground below. Some were small. What would cause them to drop off too early? There may have been some fertilizer in the soil I mixed in when I transferred them. Would this cause them to drop off? The plants are healthy and monarchs have been laying.

A.Answers to this queston: Add Answer
Answered on July 10, 2019

This may be an issue with natural selection. Many insects, including caterpillars will be in a number so great that they could not possibly all survive. If they are all dying, and there are none left on the plant, then it would be a concern, but as long as some survive, then I would suspect this to be a natural occurrence.

Was this answer useful?

Log in or sign up to help answer this question.

Did you find this helpful? Share it with your friends!

You must be logged into your account to answer a question.

If you don't have an account sign up for an account now.

Looking for more?
here are more questions about...
Milkweed Plants
Join Us - Sign up to get all the latest gardening tips!

Do you know a lot about gardening?
Become a GKH Gardening Expert