As I have noted in some previous posts, Sunday, August 6th was our day to participate in the 2023 Monarch & Milkweed Blitz.
I have already posted our "Milkweed" sightings for the Bellefonte to State College, PA area (e.g., see this link). I am now starting our "Monarch Butterfly" postings, but I need to pause here first to note our one and only observation of any "Monarch Butterfly Eggs".
Prior to today, the only eggs we have seen (as was briefly mentioned in my 5/27/2023 sighting) were on some Common Milkweeds in our home garden. And we found none in our other six stops today. Similarly, I have seen no Monarch Larva this summer. We have lots of healthy milkweeds here in "Happy Valley", and we have seen a few Monarch Butterflies this summer – but no additional eggs and no larva at all. Disappointing, but also very concerning.
One egg was found on a Common Milkweed leaf by my wife in the field on the north side of Jacksonville Road, and I spotted one each on two different but nearby to each other Common Milkweed plants on the south side of the road. Unfortunately, neither of our cameras do very good close-ups. ☹
At about 11:50 AM (EDT) the air temperature was 79°F, the air pressure was 28.65 inches, the dew point was 64°F, the humidity was 61%, with a light 7 mph breeze blowing from the southwest under partly cloudy skies.
Latitude: 40.9 Longitude: -77.8
Observed by: R. Timothy
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