Monarch Egg (FIRST sighted)

Date: 05/25/2007

Number: 1

Monarch females are definitely back in town. Two days earlier I located 9 eggs in a field of young milkweed. Actually I only had time to check a 6-foot square section at the edge of the field. All the eggs were on plants that were about 8 inches tall. Although larger as well as smaller plants were in the selected area, the monarch had placed or oviposited an egg only on the 8-inch common milkweed. Today in another smaller field of common milkweed, I found just one egg that looked to be a very recent deposit. The two-day old eggs mentioned earlier were beginning to hatch this morning in the Life Lab Culture Room which is temperature, humidity and light controlled for this time of year. Our Wildlife Garden here at the College is bursting with two species of ornamental milkweeds and we should be gathering eggs there any day now. Swamp Milkweed,Asclepias incarnata already has flower buds in evidence and the Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa, is now about 10 inches tall.

Sylvania, OH

Latitude: 41.7 Longitude: -83.7

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