I have impatiently been awaiting making an observation of a Monarch butterfly in our area this spring. I see that there was a report of one in State College about a month ago (5/24/2019) and another in nearby Pennsylvania Furnace on June 1st. But, despite what appears to be an abundance of blooming common milkweeds along the roads I travel locally, I had personally yet to spot any Monarchs (or eggs or caterpillars) until today.
While attending a function at the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center in State College, I briefly spotted a Monarch butterfly at about 5:30 PM EDT flitting by a stand of blooming common milkweed in the hummingbird and butterfly garden. I was not able to determine its gender as it was visible for only a few seconds, never landing (and I did not have a camera with me). As far as I could later determine, there was no evidence of eggs or caterpillars on any of the plants I examined in the garden.
Nonetheless, it was great to finally make a first observation this year. (I suppose I should not have been so impatient, as it turns out when I looked back at my records from last year, the first Monarch butterfly I spotted was on June 24th. I guess my impatience stems more from the fact that I am having hip replacement surgery next week and so I will not be able to be out hiking the local fields for most of this summer.)
At the time of this observation there were a few scattered clouds in the sky and conditions were approximately:
Latitude: 40.9 Longitude: -77.8
Observed by: R. Timothy
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