A incarnata is by far the favored species for egg laying that I have growing I wish I could solve the mystery of why year after year so many more eggs are laid on a particular A incarnata "Cinderella” above all other milkweeds in my garden Even with 9 more "Cinderella plants to choose from All 10 are already in decline despite being dead headed and cut back in July Thankfully the 4 Incarnata Natives that aren’t cultivators are still going strong and have quadruple the number of larger healthy leaves per plant This plant is almost between 2 natives and looks terrible with dark fungus under pale leaves But I counted 22 eggs on it and 3 total on the pure native strain I have to move the caterpillars over as they hatch I’ve not checked the rest But a female that I’ve been watching as I post has investigated the whole garden and found every patch of milkweed She may have laid a couple of eggs in her brief landings elsewhere but she’s been lingering on the crowded sad plant in question for awhile now Go figure?
Latitude: 39 Longitude: -84.6
Observed by: Jypsi
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