Thanks again, guys! Remember how I said I looked in previous years and never found anything? I think I may have only looked once or twice in the years I did look and maybe I had searched four different years. I erroneously thought that butterflies laid eggs at the same time, all over PA, and if I missed it, I missed it and no sense going out after the beginning of July. I will keep looking thanks to your info.
I am now experiencing another problem. Ticks. The four milkweed patches where I have been looking are next to the road sort of in the underbrush and I already found one tick crawling on me and the other night, I found one on my neck. Neither one had attached, but I was wondering if you guys have the same problem or if you search milkweeds where there arent as many ticks.
I do see milkweed all up and down the road. I dont know if you guys live in rural sections or on busy highways, but the other day I was walking on the highway back to my house, with a caterpillar no less, and someone felt compelled to blare their horn really loudly right when they were practically on top of me. The places along the highway dont have sidewalks, which wouldnt bother me so much. It is also there is no parking near a lot of these patches so I have been sticking to the ones within walking distance. This is the first year I have seen any right near my apartment. I dont think they were there before. Living in a condo, I cant grow a garden. What do you guys think of the idea of my planting milkweed on my balcony? I hear you just need a pot or a planter? Am hoping that might attract some butterflies. Has anyone tried growing milkweed in pots? How big a flower pot do you think I would need?
Just to update you, my last caterpillar is in the "J" position and struggling to shed his skin. I feel badly for him, but there is nothing I can do and had to go to work. I cant even check his progress. I sure hope he is okay. This guy ate so much and my first four were very light eaters. He certainly was big enough.