Monarch (OTHER Observations)
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Date: 09/24/2022

Number: 1

I have a small garden outside my apartment, 15'x7'. All wildflowers, with common milkweed. I do not rear them, but leave them out in-situ. We've had incredible success in the past several years. This year tanked. Of the 3 chrysalises I've found while checking, they've all failed. I did see a pre-pupal cat thrashing about earlier in the season, and saw what I think were a couple braconid wasps flying around it. Keeping my on it confirmed it was doomed. But they must've gotten the others too. I've never had this much much failure,100% failure. Could the intense drought we had in these parts have done it? I wondered if keeping my little wildflower garden watered while everywhere else went crisp could have focused insects into it?

Beekman, NY

Latitude: 41.6 Longitude: -73.7

Observed by: Adrienne
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