Monarch Activity On Valentine's Day

February 14, 2023 by Team Journey North

Gail Morris returns to provide in-depth coverage of monarch activities west of the Rockies. Estela Romero describes drought conditions at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.

Sipping water from the edge of a bowl. Photo: Alexandra in Mt. Pleasant, SC (02/08/2023)

Eastern Monarch Population

Monitor Overwintering Monarchs in Southeastern U.S.

If you live in the Gulf states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida as well as Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, please continue to report monarch observations. We want to hear from you. Learn more about how to participate»

Jesús in McAllen, TX: “First sighting of 2023, gorgeous looking male enjoying the morning sun on my backyard.” (02/05/2023)

Sylvia in Sebastian, FL: ”These 2 have been dancing around for a week or so, today, one settled under a leaf, I figured, laying eggs, then the secon joined her and began lifting her up and flying away with her, she looked dead. I have video, but can’t attach both.”  (02/10/2023)

Letter From Estela Romero: No Rain in Sight

Estela Romero laments continue high temperatures with no rain. Monarchs are mating, however.  

Read the Spanish version of Estela Romero’s letter»

Read the English version of Estela Romero’s letter»

Monarchs of the Caribbean

Take a look at the Journey North maps to see where monarchs are being reported in the Caribbean.

Lydia in Barrio Palmarejo, Corozal, PR: “Lots of butterflies hatching.” (01/13/2023)

Western Monarch Population

Letter From Gail Morris: Western Monarch Spring 2023 Report #1

Gail Morris is back to help us untangle what is happening with the Western monarch population. As Gail writes: “Spring is in the air and monarchs are mating and more active along the California coastal overwintering sites. Yet many are still nestled in the safety of the groves due to the cooler weather earlier, extending their stay. Rather than clustering, monarchs are now more spread out in the trees. Waiting longer in the groves is good for the monarchs, giving early emerging milkweeds more time to appear and grow waiting for gravid females.”

Read Gail Morris’ letter>>

Where are monarchs now in the southwestern regions of the U.S.? Please let us know if you are seeing monarch adults, eggs and/or larvae.

Barbra in La Quinta, CA: “Beautiful male Monarch resting on milkweed. His colors are so vivid!” (02/10/2023)