Currently 72 degrees, sunny, light breeze. The monarchs have stuck around in numbers ranging from 100 to 300+ over the past week in the 10 acre Monarch Waystation at Veterans Park in Black Mountain. (They were first observed here on 09/24/2023). They have been feeding mostly on clover in the field, but also on frost aster, purple stem aster and showy goldenrod in the planted and naturalized wildflower areas in and around the field. Last night between 6 and 7 pm I watched two dozen fly up to the top of some very tall white pine trees at the S. Edge of the meadow. They weren't clustered tightly as far as I could tell, just scattered about in the tree tops. Not sure if this is considered a roost. Lows were 55 degrees over night.
We will finish out our pack of 50 tags here tomorrow. So far have tagged 16 females and 21 males.
Black Mountain, NC
Latitude: 35.6 Longitude: -82.3
Observed by: Emily
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