I have found 2 cats so far at the community garden on a patch of common mw. The first was a very-recently-hatched 1st instar who is now a beautiful chrysalis. The second just molted yesterday and is now a fat little cat.
But I hadn't seen any evidence of any monarchs in my yard yet.
Patience gets to be difficult; but I was rewarded last night when I found 4 eggs on my butterfly weed and 2 on a tropical!!
There may be some on the swamp, but I didn't look too closely. Oh, I'm so happy. Is it strange that she would lay 2 of the eggs on a flower bud? That's how I found them - 2 of them were right on top.
Nancy in Cincinnati