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By the end of summer they all looked like this, covered with a web and crawling with small larvae of some kind. Similar to gypsy moth, but more spread out and the little crawlies are smaller and different.
No longer sure if this was really the milkweed associated with monarchs, though, since these did branch quite a bit. In any case, saw no sign of monarchs that year, 2015.
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From Milkweed and Monarchs, 2016