Monarch Egg (FIRST sighted)

Date: 03/21/2007

Number: 1

Yesterday we saw at least 12 monarchs flying in on the breeze from the southeast and spending time nectaring on the very abundant native wildflower false garlic (Nothoscordum bivalve), a member of the Lily Family. One monarch was also enjoying the blooming blackberry flowers. All the monarchs that we were able to observe closely were females with faded wings. I did not see active egg-laying, but today I decided to investigate the young milkweeds in our pasture and was very pleased to discover that 8 plants of Asclepias viridis had a total of 12 monarch eggs on them. There seems to be a good crop of healthy milkweed emerging, particularly since some recent rains.

Dobbin, TX

Latitude: 30.4 Longitude: -95.8

Observed by: Kathy
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