Monarchs and milkweed
|Journey North map (4/10/11)|
It surprised me, even though I knew they'd all left Mexico and were streaming up through the Central U.S., thanks to email reports from Journey North, a great citizen science/classroom participation site. Check out the map above.
One female was diligently seeking out the common milkweed plants that are abundant in the front meadow, and apparently laying eggs (although I didn't actually find any - I was distracted by fetching my camera).
|Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)|
|Monarch investigating young milkweed shoot|
She (I think) was quite thorough in investigating the young shoots -- certainly she exhibited ovipositing behavior!