This morning my wife and I headed out in search of Monarchs and Milkweeds for the 2023 Blitz. Our plan was to visit various locations in the Bellefonte and State College area where we know there are Milkweeds and where in the past we have occasionally spotted Monarch Butterflies. (In contrast, in recent weeks, we have seen very few Monarch Butterflies and no Eggs, Caterpillars, or Frass as evidence of their presence.)
Our sixth stop was at the Arboretum at the Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. It has acres of both native and non-native plants, including numerous Butterfly Weed, a plot of Common Milkweed, and a few Swamp Milkweed (as well as many other plants in bloom, ready for nectaring). However, as we noted in our related "Milkweed" post for this site, we saw no Monarch Butterflies, Eggs, Caterpillars, or Frass as evidence of their presence while we strolled the gardens.
At about 2:00 PM (EDT) the air temperature was 79°F, the air pressure was 28.64 inches and slowly dropping, the dew point was 64°F, the humidity was 61%, with a light 7 mph breeze blowing from the SSW under mostly cloudy skies.
State College, PA
Latitude: 40.8 Longitude: -77.9
Observed by: R. Timothy
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