We are now missing all that fun. We have had our first good frost here in central Ontario (about 55 miles north of Toronto) and had to scrape the car windows this morning. That pretty much brings the butterfly season to an end. The native milkweeds in my garden (common, swamp, and butterfly weed) have all died back. The tropical milkweed seems to have survived the frost and still looks fine, but its days are numbered. It's great to have the tropical milkweed since it does continue growing and flowering long after the native varieties have ended their seasonal cycle. This provides food for any late caterpillars. It has been a week since I saw my last monarch gliding by on its way south. Oh well, the excitement will soon build again, since Brenda has been involved with the Monarch Teacher's Network and a workshop will be held in Orillia, Ontario (Canada) this coming summer. That is just 30 miles from here. I attended (and helped a bit) at a workshop Brenda helped with down in New Jersey (USA) this past summer. It is amazing to see the 50 teachers getting excited (and acting like typical students) as they learn and see all about the amazing life history of the monarchs. This is such a contagous interest and it is so rewarding to spread the information to others.
John - suffering monarch withdrawls
John Beaulieu & Brenda Stride
Midhurst, Ontario CANADA
MONARCH WAYSTATION NO. 553