As I went about throughout the day, going to the pastures collecting milkweed leaves for the indoor monarch caterpillars, I saw at times a faded monarch or two sailing around. At around 5pm I went into the upper meadow and observed 3 individual monarchs nectaring from the tall prairie plantains. There were two females and one male monarch, with one of the females being a bright-winged newborn type ~ possibly one of the indoor-reared I had released earlier in the day, but that is just a guess. It was quite lovely to see the two females near each other, one of the parent generation and one of the new generation.
I am still seeing eggs on the milkweed, though they are quite scarce now. Mostly, I find newborn larvae as well as other instars.
This is a photo of the wonderful, resilient female monarch with tattery wings, as she sips nectar from a prairie plantain in the late afternoon sunlight.
Latitude: 30.4 Longitude: -95.8
Observed by: Kathy
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