Monarch (OTHER Observations)
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Date: 04/13/2018

Number: 1

This is a follow-up photo to my 4/13/2018 report (Monarch Adult Sighted). This is the bright-winged monarch as I first saw him this morning. Here he is sipping moisture from the stem of this rather bedraggled Texas dandelion (Pyrrhopappus multicaulis). His next movements were to flutter a few yards and drop into the grass and wildflowers, again sipping dew from below on their stems and leaves. He seemed like a newborn to me with his fresh-looking wings. He also could not fly very well, only going a few yards at a time ... I even wondered if he was injured though he seemed perfect. I had to trust that he was just gaining strength and needed time. It was a moisture-laden, windy day with light rain spritzing now and then. Later in the afternoon, when he was sailing around exuberantly, he seemed thrilled and amazed at his ability to fly ~ fast too and joyfully!

Montgomery, TX

Latitude: 30.4 Longitude: -95.8

Observed by: Kathy
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