It's been a relatively warm week in Archie's Garden, with a few days reaching the mid 70s (~22 degrees C). The flowers are blooming, and the bees are buzzing ... and one of the monarch eggs has hatched!
The caterpillar is still very small. In the picture below, you can see a size comparison with an aphid (look for the aphid lurking in the shadows over on the left side).
Having survived the first hurdle, our little caterpillar will now spend the next couple of weeks eating, eating, taking an occasional break to molt, and eating some more. We'll keep watching, and you can watch the progress. Stay tuned!