Monarch Egg (FIRST sighted)

Date: 03/03/2007

Number: 1

While Altus was mowing clover in the front yard and I was replacing wiper blades, we saw a monarch come down the street about 1:00. At 1:30 when we were surveying the back yard freeze damage, a monarch flew up to and around both of us ... we got a good look ... a large, faded female. I watched it explore the yard like females do when they are hunting for milkweed. I saw her ovipositing on some sprouts in the curassavica bed and upon checking I found she had left us a few eggs. Altus and I also discovered some volunteer curassavica about 2" tall coming up around the yard, even between paving stones around the flower beds.

71°F with north wind today, clear, 20% humidity, about 33 in Victoria in the morning. Some good stands of corn up in Calhoun and Victoria Counties when I went to Victoria Thursday.

Victoria, TX

Latitude: 28.8 Longitude: -97

Observed by: Harlen E.
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