Well, it is as if someone flipped a switch on monarch season 2010. Since I reported the single monarch laying a single egg last Thursday, June 24th, we have had multiples in the waystation every day. I have been so busy collecting eggs as they are everywhere: blossoms, new growth, old growth, common, swamp, purple...
Now we had our first to pupate this morning. It is the first in the eclosing box. I built a second box identical to the first one to hold extra capacity this year.
In the 11 days since the first eggs, we have 54 eggs, 179 cats and 1 chrysalis for a total tally todate of 234. I am thankful for the abundance of milkweed in the yard. This is going to be a very busy season. We were hoping for 1000 by the end, it looks like we are well on our way.
- Number one of 2010!
- A little worn but otherwise, in great shape