Dear Dummerston Monarch friends,
Like you, I am waiting patiently for the Monarchs to return. I am hoping that will happen within the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I am spending way too much time watering, while also enjoying the late spring/early summer blossoms in my garden and in the fields. How is your swamp milkweed plant doing?
Attached is the next video installment. I tried to cram in a lot of information about migration but there isn’t much to look at yet. Hopefully, when I record my next video, there will be less of my talking head and instead we will be looking at beautiful butterflies and perhaps some eggs. A few juicy facts I learned while preparing for this video:
- An adult Monarch weighs about as much as a paperclip.
- When Monarchs leave their winter roosting sites in Central Mexico in March, it will take three to four generations before they make it to VT. Each full life cycle/generation takes about a month.
- One factor contributing to the demise of Monarch populations is the invasive plant swallow-wort. Adults will lay eggs on this plant but caterpillars can’t develop, thus breaking the cycle.
If you would like to use this email group to send pictures, ask questions and provide information, I encourage you to do so. Don’t forget to reply to all.
Mary Ellen Copeland reminded me of another great Monarch website: Journey North.
Looking forward to hearing from you!