Monarch Larva Sighted

Date: 12/01/2023

Number: 7

We first began seeing 2-4 Monarch butterflies the end of November. They laid eggs on Arizona Milkweed. Then 1-2 weeks later another Monarch laid more eggs. In total by Dec 20 we had about 25 Monarch of various sizes. Then they began wandering. We put them back on milkweed and moved some that were running out of milkweed. We saw 2caterpillar go into
Chrysallis-one on aloe plant another under a garden light. The next day they were gone- pulled off by we think mockingbirds. The connection and the top cap of the chrysalis was gone!
The next few days many caterpillars disappwrared-day temps still in 70s-nite to 50. Then it got down to 60/40. Caterpillars sluggish but still alive. By end first week Jan all caterpillars gone. 7 chrysallis on aloe plant. When we heard that it would freeze, we broke off 5 of aloe leaves and put in netted cage and put in inheated studio. We bring out during sunny days. 2 still outside on aloe plant. As of today 1/24 all 7 chrysalis still green and intact.

Tempe, AZ

Latitude: 33.3 Longitude: -111.9

Observed by: Lynn
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