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Overwintering in Virginia?
wife, Joyce, and I live in Virginia Beach, Virginia (36 N, -77W). In fall
of 2005 I raised approximately 455 monarchs, of which 235 were tagged
and released for Monarch Watch.
A Monarch Sighted!
A Tagged Monarch Sighted!
A Tagged Monarch Identified!
The evidence seems to indicate that this male monarch probably overwintered in our pine trees for over five months at latitude 36.75 in Virginia Beach. IS THIS SPECIAL OR WHAT? I'll tell you this: It definitely is special for Joyce, Dave, and monarch GEX 514.
Another Tagged Monarch Identified!
Then a second monarch came by this same afternoon; my wife saw both together displaying typical male monarch aggressive behavior. This second monarch is also a wild male and was caught, tagged, and released in my yard on September 26th, 2005 with Monarch Watch tag #GEX 521 — one day later than Monarch #GEX 514.
We were totally shocked that a monarch might have actually overwintered in our area, and that it was one I caught and tagged in my yard back in September. BUT TWO MONARCHS? Now we are really wondering what is going on.
Your monarch friends,
Joyce & Dave Williams