We saw our first monarch of the season! He/she came to the front yard and was nectaring on the false garlic flowers that are abundant right now. False garlic (Nothoscordum bivalve) is a favorite of monarchs, though it is such a tiny flower.
It was about 73 degrees F, cloudy, with humidity 83%, winds from the east at 5 mph. This healthy-looking monarch was traveling from west to east, though it did spend about 6 minutes nectaring on the false garlic flowers ~ going from one to another ~ before flying away, low & swiftly against the wind.
I didn't have my camera at first (not expecting monarchs quite this early), and when I came back out of the house with it, the monarch was flying onward to the east ~ so sadly no photo of the monarch, just a photo of false garlic flowers.
The wildflowers have started blooming, but so far no milkweed. It has been a very wet February, and with the warm temperatures, the milkweed should be sprouting very soon.
Latitude: 30.4 Longitude: -95.8
Observed by: Kathy
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