Monarchs are doing well and are busy eclosing, mating, laying eggs, and molting.
Saw about two dozen monarchs, in all of the above activities and in various locations. I mowed the back hill trails where there weren't milkweed; where there was milkweed, I shut off the mower and knocked down weeds and milkweed in hopes of starting new milkweed growth for the next few weeks.
Numbers right here are the best I've seen at this time of year for quite a while; we're hoping for good success in the next month.
There is the possibility for new monarchs before and after the August 15th date (which is about our deadline for monarchs to be sexually active or to migrate)………
Lots of hot days and good rainfall this year; time will tell on final numbers for the 3rd and/or 4th generations.
Thanx for watching!
Latitude: 45.3 Longitude: -92.5
Observed by: Pat
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