Monarch Egg (FIRST sighted)

Date: 04/29/2007

Number: 1

Late yesterday afternoon (4/29), I had a worn female (looked like the butterfly I reported a couple of days ago in my yard nectaring on wild mustard and money plant—that soft brown color that I associate with the overwintering population, NOT a first generation 2007) in my yard laying eggs (in many cases multiples on a single plant, with many of the multiple layings on A. syriaca 1-3 inches tall and just emerging from the ground, plants that hadn't even spread their leaves open). I discovered the eggs first, and, as I was collecting leaves (and in some cases pinching off the entire plant because the leaves were too small to harvest), I looked up to see her, darting around, touching down on every potential milkweed she could detect. In a few cases the eggs on the plants were 2-3 right next to each other; in some others, two or three eggs on different leaves on the same tiny plant. I took in about 40 eggs in all!

Courtesy of Monarch Watch

Bakersville, NC

Latitude: 36.1 Longitude: -82.2

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