I have never been fond of the tumbler shape, but with all of the scraps I have, I need variety. When the Studio dies were 40% off in July I decided to get the single die ($18). I cut from scraps more often than from yardage. I usually sew up a sample from my new dies to see how the nipped off corners line up. One pass through the cutter yielded 10 pieces.
Is this a Monarch caterpillar? There were 2 on this plant. The other one is doubled up hanging from the bottom of a leaf. I hope that means he is going to become a chrysalis.
The plant they are on is a swamp milkweed.
There are lots of holes on the common milkweed plants too. I have seen more butterflies this summer although still a lot less than in the past. Mostly I see the yellow Swallowtails, a black one that I haven't gotten close enough to identify, and the Monarchs.