Monarch Adult (FIRST sighted)

Date: 03/24/2018

Number: 4

We spotted four Monarchs in North Texas, not far from the Oklahoma border today-- Callisburg, TX. Unfortunately, there is no milkweed showing yet at the farm, and not that much even blooming. Some roadside areas were blooming better than the farm.

Things have progressed a lot even in the past two days, though, and there will be plenty blooming next week.

Right now the Mexican Plums and the thicket Plums are the best nectar plants blooming. Coming any day are the Rusty Blackhaw Viburnums, Texas Bluestars, Blackberries, and Paintbrush, along with Vetches and Verbenas.. One Monarch seemed to be stopping at Crow Poison plants but not staying long. I have seen them nectaring on the white wild onions that look similar before. I wonder if it was confused by the lookalike.

Today the winds calmed down in the afternoon, and the sky was overcast to clear with temps in the high 70's. For several days previous to this, the winds were strong and from the South. All four Monarchs were headed in a general East Northeast direction.

Courtesy of Monarch Watch

Callisburg, TX

Latitude: 33.7 Longitude: -97

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