Lull Between Generations

May 3, 2018 by Elizabeth Howard

We're still waiting for the 1st generation to come out in full force. The first half of May is always the slowest time of year, and this year is no exception.

“First monarch to visit my garden. Nectared on bee balm and laid eggs on milkweed,” reported Jill Gorman from Berkeley Lake, Georgia on April 27, 2018.

The Lull Continues

This has been the quietest week of the season, with very few monarchs being reported. The migration map illustrates the annual ‘stall’ between generations. Watch the animation to see how little the monarchs have advanced over the last 3 weeks.

Get Ready for a Change
We’re waiting for signs that the new generation is here in large number, and ready to continue the journey north.

1. Wings
Fresh wings signify newly-emerged butterflies.

2. Numbers
A dramatic increase in sightings occurs because the population grows with each new generation.

3. Northward Surge
Monarchs suddenly spread across the map into the northern breeding grounds.

4. Timing
Monarchs entered Texas en mass 6-7 weeks ago, so their offspring should appear in full-force any day.

How Does the Monarch Population Grow?