Yesterday (04/23/23), two monarchs emerged from their chrysalises ~ 1 male, 1 female. They were from the rescue eggs brought in when we had freeze-damaged milkweed in late March. These two had formed their chrysalises on April 10th.
They had emerged in the afternoon at the same time. It was cloudy and chilly outside (high temp yesterday was 61 degrees F). So, I kept them overnight and released them today. It was still pretty cool at 65 degrees F. They stayed on the flowers much longer than usual. The male nectared from the lavender lantana. Eventually the sun came out, they trembled their wings, warming them up ... and off they went!
Latitude: 30.4 Longitude: -95.8
Observed by: Kathy
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