The monarchs are back, they didn't disappear for long ... perhaps I just didn't see them. I've been planting milkweed all over our yard and front porch, and the caterpillars are appearing ... YIPPPPEEEEEE!!! My goal is to have milkweed plants all along the front porch and throughout the field below our drive way. The milkweed grows year-round, so that shouldn't be a problem!