Monarch (OTHER Observations)

Date: 02/18/2018

The soil temps in the southern half of Texas have been
rising nicely the past couple of weeks. We have had
day time highs in the 80's and the nights are in the
lower 60's. Next week the prediction is for about the
same with a good chance of rain Wednesday. Last Wednesday
night at church, the "farming guys" told Altus they would
probably start putting their corn seed into the ground
this next week. Point being: for the last 33 years Altus
and I have observed the native milkweeds would be making
an appearance soon after the corn around here was planted,
possibly Valentines Day. So for you that venture out into
the pastures or along some of the older roadsides be looking
for A. viridis (probably now) and A. asperula (a bit later).
I am thinking of milkweeds that are native to Texas and not
grown in containers over the winter. Report what you observe
in the proper pages on Journey North. These remigration monarchs
that will be entering Texas in a few weeks will be needing
something to deposit their eggs on.

We are close to second and third degree drought stages here in south
and central Texas.

Victoria, TX

Latitude: 28.8 Longitude: -97

Observed by: Harlen E.
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