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5 Monarch Caterpillar Poems in Haiku 5-7-5 Style

Updated on June 9, 2015

Introduction to these Monarch Caterpillar Poems

In this article I am presenting for your poetic reading pleasure 5 haikus. These haiku poems are based on the pretty Monarch butterfly caterpillars I found one day munching away on some flowers I had planted by the outside wall of my home. When I planted them, I did so because I liked the shape and colors of the flowers. I never bothered to find out what kind of plant it was.

Surprise! I had planted a favorite food source for the Monarch butterfly and its offspring. The flowering plant I like so much was the Silky Gold Milkweed, an import from South America. The plant’s beautiful yellow gold flowers not only attracted me, but also butterflies, who sipped on the nectar and along the way laid eggs on the underside of the leaves.

These eggs hatched and one day there were caterpillars munching away on the leaves and even the flowers were not immune. They munched and I let them. After a few photos, it was off to the internet to research the buggers. Monarch caterpillars they were and feasting on one of their favorite foods – the Silky Gold milkweed.

By the time I noticed them, they were almost fully grown, being about 2 inches long. In a couple of days they were gone. Disappeared into the bushes to form their chrysalis and begin their transformation into their adult stage, the Monarch butterfly. I wish them well.

So read the haiku poems and then pick out the one you like the best and use the poll to give that haiku your vote. Enjoy them and if they please you feel free to share the link with whoever you like.

The Monarch Caterpillar Nature Haikus


Tri-color banded

Munch silky gold milkweed leaf

Ground based, flier soon


Bright colors defend

Predators know poisonous

Eating milkweed wins


Eat the tender leaf

Milk the sap, gather poison

Brightly danger show


Hatch egg, free larva

Feed and grow quick, long and fat

Set butterfly free


Thin antenna wave

Larva yellow, white and black

Silky gold leaf lunch

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5 Monarch Caterpillar Haikus

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What do You Think about these Haiku 5-7-5 Style? Leave your thoughts here.

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    • Angelo52 profile image

      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Thank you. The plants will recover. The Monarch caterpillars did not eat all of it and it is already sprouting new leaves and flowers.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Sorry to hear about your plants sacrifice but what a beautiful results - the butterfly and your haiku.

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanks to you, Mhatter99 for dropping by and reading them.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      nice haiku. good work. thank you.

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanks mary615 and aviannovice for your kind words. The eaten plants are recovering nicely and starting to re-leaf and re-bud now the monarch caterpillars have moved onward. I just hope they hid in the ficus bushes to make their chrysali and will soon be seeing some monarch butterflies fluttering around the plants for nectar.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Even though your plants were eaten, I know that you feel it went to a good cause. Bravo!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I enjoyed your Hub on the Monarch on the milkweed. These are nice Haikus, too.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      beautiful haiku.

      voted up as beautiful.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like the 4th one the best! Fat caterpillars become beautiful butterflies with your beautiful words