Monarch Larva Sighted

Date: 09/02/2019

Number: 2

Monarch Waystation #271 reports sightings of larvae in the front yard while weeding between about 8:30 and 10 am today. A second instar was seen wandering around the upper leaves of a potted Tropical milkweed, then it headed down the stem towards the base as I moved away. Later, an early 4th instar [13-15 mm long] was seen resting head down on a Purple milkweed stem located about 12-15 ft west of the first larval sighting. No diligent search of larvae was done. Many milkweed leaves have chewing marks, some recent and some very old, left from previous larvae and possibly undetected Swamp milkweed beetles. New sprouts of purple and common milkweeds are increasingly visible as older stems drop yellowing and wilting leaves.

Newport News, VA

Latitude: 37.1 Longitude: -76.5

Observed by: Judy
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