Monarch Waystation #271 reports sunrise 6:54 am & sunset 7:01 pm today, not quite equal day and night. That true "equinox" will be on the 26th. The front yard (north) flower bed is losing sun rapidly while the back yard (south) flower bed has gained it, with the back patio getting increasing daylength. Almost time for me to "migrate" my potted plants to the south patio for the next 6 months. Both yards are in bloom, with backyard plants like Mock Verbena responding to the returning sun with more blooms after a lull. Many milkweeds have yellowed, yet many small green sprouts of purple, swamp and common milkweeds have appeared in both front and back yards. The first Aromatic Asters Symphyotrichum oblongifolium bloomed earlier this week in front, which means the migrant monarchs from further north will begin passing through in the next weeks and through October. Meanwhile this morning, 2 non-migrant monarchs were seen taking nectar from Tropical milkweeds and Tithonia in the front yard. Other butterflies seen included a Variegated Fritillary, Common Buckeye, Long-tailed Skipper and a Sleepy Orange [the last species a first for my yard ever!]. Brown tree leaves are drifting into the front yard but most trees are still very green. Happy autumn to all!
Newport News, VA
Latitude: 37.1 Longitude: -76.5
Observed by: Judy
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