On Saturday evening around 5pm I saw a Monarch fly by while sitting on the patio at the Office of Cave Creek Ranch near Portal,AZ. It flew in but did not stop. I then walked up to the Information center for the Coronado National Forest and saw two, possibly female Monarchs, on Asclepias subverticillata, Horsetail Milkweed plants. I was able to take photos. They appeared to be feeding and in good condition. It was 83F with a light breeze. On my way back I saw another, but did not get a close look at it. The owner of the Cave Creek Ranch said that Monarchs prefer open areas, typically not seen in forested areas. They prefer the open slopes at higher elevation. I will send a photo of the second monarch in the next post.
San Simon, AZ
Latitude: 31.9 Longitude: -109.2
Observed by: Della
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