Monarch Migration News: April 14, 2016
By Elizabeth Howard

The migration is now concentrated in Texas, where faded monarchs in their final flights are striving urgently to reproduce.

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Another tattered, post-storm monarch showed its fortitude this week in Texas for Kathy Metzger

News: Final Flights
Right now, the population is concentrated in Texas where monarchs are focused on reproducing.

Endings and Beginnings
This week one observer in Montgomery, Texas watched faded monarchs in their final flights and witnessed their urgent drive to produce the next generation.

"At around 2pm I saw a monarch nectaring on the yellow thistle in our back yard. He was missing large portions of his left-side wings. Thankfully, he did not appear to be slowed down at all" by his tattered wings, but instead sped around quite handily as he seemed to search for females ~ in between sips of nectar of course. A wonderful and intrepid monarch!

"There is an abundance of wildflowers and newly emerged milkweed in the pastures. I took a rough survey of the milkweed, eggs, and larvae. I looked at around 153 milkweed plants and found 67 eggs and 23 larvae.

"It always impresses me to see the monarchs arrive in the spring with the females so determined to find good milkweed on which to lay their eggs. They often are seemingly frail with faded wings, but they carry on."

Sightings like these help scientists understand when and where habitat is critical for monarchs in the spring. Please report your observations.

Monarch Butterfly Male Search for Mates
Searching for Mates
Female Monarch Butterfly Laying Eggs
Laying Eggs
Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar Growing
Spring Migration
A Journey Driven by Needs
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Monarch butterfly migration map Map of milkweed emergence: Spring 2016 Monarch butterfly migration map
First Adult
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After first sightings, continue to report all monarchs — adults, eggs, and larvae.

Monarch butterfly migration map

First Egg
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First Larva
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Next Update April 21, 2016