Hello Monarch Friends!
Here it is, July 7, and just as I was ready to give up hope, a beautiful female Monarch showed up, sampling nectar from a variety of flowers, perhaps checking out the egg laying potential. I checked my postings to you from 2020, and I saw the first Monarch in my garden on July 7. Amazing!
I have heard from several of you that you have seen a Monarch or two. I think we’re on our way. See if you can identify the females (they don’t have the distinctive two black spots on their wings) and then start looking for eggs on the undersides of milkweed leaves and sometimes on flowers. You can see what an egg looks like in the attached photo. They’re tiny, cone-like and yellowish white – not the white dots which are extrusion from the milkweed plant. You might even get to see the female actually lay her eggs.
Let us know what’s happening in your gardens!