Dear Monarch Neighbors,
Have you seen any Monarch butterflies yet? My Swamp Milkweed plants are tall, sturdy and ready to flower, but so far no Monarch butterflies have visited my hilltop garden.
Stewart McDermet sent me the link to the Forests for Monarchs project, which is tracking habitat. They’re doing great work!
Forests for Monarchs
When the butterflies arrive, start counting and recording the number of adults you see. Then start looking for eggs and, before too long, larvae. The eggs are hard to see so that’s when your magnifying glass will come in handy. Rob and I created a spreadsheet I plan to use for larvae data collection (see attached). Feel free to use it or create your own. Once I have some material to work with, i.e. butterflies, I will record and send video #3.
Keep in touch!