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Monarch (OTHER Observations)

Date: 04/08/2018

It was a very cool day in Driftwood today.

Started at 40 degrees this morning and finally made it into the mid 60's by
late afternoon.
It is expected to return to the 70's and 80's in the days ahead.

No Monarch activity at all today obviously but we have seen a decline in
numbers over the past 4-5 days.
I did a walk around the neighborhood this evening and checked about 80-90
Asperula plants in about 45 minutes.
Only spotted 1 egg, 1 - 2nd instar, and 1 - 5th instar in what typically is
a fairly active area.
It appears the egg laying females at this point have passed thru to points
north of us.

With some late departures and reported numbers still in Mexico we expect to
see another possible wave pass thru in the days ahead.
The Asperula is doing great now with plentiful mature and young plants most
everywhere.

We hope to see some possible 1st gen Monarchs in about 7-10 days in the
area.
It will have been about a month at that point since our first Monarch and
first eggs in the neighborhood.

Driftwood, TX

Latitude: 30.1 Longitude: -98

Observed by: Chuck
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