Monarch Fall Roost
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Date: 08/26/2017

Number: 300

My friend, photographer John Jonas, was checking out our grassland this evening while I looked for roosts about 1/2 mile to the west. He said the Monarchs were everywhere and roosting in clusters of 5,6,7 or so on sedge in one of the ravines of about 1/4 mile in length. We had been there this morning looking for feeding Monarchs and, because of the rain overnight and the heavy weather, the Monarchs were clinging to the sedge until about 11:30 AM. This seems to be their mini-roost plant of choice since they can remain close to preferred nectar source of Meadow and Rough blazing star.

Editor's Note: Monarchs typically roost in trees so this observation of monarchs roosting on a rush is significant — and shows the value of observations contributed by citizen scientists.

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Barnesville, MN

Latitude: 46.7 Longitude: -96.4

Observed by: Doug
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