Monarch Adult (FIRST sighted)

Date: 07/16/2018

Number: 1

Finally! We checked our largest nearby milkweed patch that is about 8 miles north of us with numerous patches of milkweed [largest about 50' x 15'] covering about 1/2 acre of land adjacent to a roadside ditch with mature cottonwood trees.

Within minutes, a single Monarch floated overhead and landed briefly on milkweed, but soon took off again. It passed over us a total of 3 times within about a 5-10 minute interval. Although we were unable to determine its sex, it acted like a male cruising his turf, looking for females.

Both my husband and I looked for eggs for about 1/2 hour and found none, nor did we find any signs of earlier eggs or caterpillars; all the milkweed was pristine with no chew marks whatsoever.

Livingston, MT

Latitude: 45.4 Longitude: -110.7

Observed by: Dorothy
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