I am sorry I did not know about this forum earlier. However, it looks like no one in this area has posted anything anyway. Hope this is helpful to someone...
Spotted my first Monarch August 1st on milkweed in my garden. By August 6th my 6 year old granddaughter and I collected 23 caterpillars.
As of today, September 6th, I have released over 100 butterflies, heading west. Still have a dozen chrysalis left. Unfortunately I ran out of tags. I have never reared over 50 before.
Odd year. I've seen few Monarchs around southeastern Oklahoma, yet I had so many caterpillars on my milkweed (12 mature Asc curassavica--tropical milkweed) that every leaf was devoured. I've had over 100 hatch. When I was in Tulsa this past week I saw quite a few around the milkweed at the Tulsa Garden Center, but no larvae. I do worry about the newly hatched finding anything to lay their eggs on.
Saw a monarch in my yard laying eggs on Monday 27 Sept and another laying eggs in a huge milkweed patch in a vacant lot on Padre Island.
Gathered as many eggs as it could find. Have 35 eggs, also raising 53 pupa and 18 caterpillars. Good thing there is lots of milkweed growing around here!
Monarch's spend sveral nights every year about this time in the pecan trees in my back yard during migration to Mexico. Yesterday 10-05-06 late evening I noticed about 100 flying in the back yard and attaching in clusters to lower branches for the night. Most years they number to a thousand or more. Expect to see more numbers in next few days.
We have property along the San Saba River between Mason & Menard, Texas where the 2nd weekend in October is usually the ultimate time. This past weekend there were quite a few flying in and roosing in the elms and live oak trees - we were able to tag 56 before it got too dark. Hope to see more as the next cold fronts come through.
Thousands of Monarchs spent the night up in the trees, next to the cattle tank on Friday, October 15th. This is in south Texas, Carrizo Springs. All vegetation is native so they must be nectaring au natural.
Sunday I went out to check on my brocolli plants and saw a Monarch on my butterfly weed, later I checked and I had quite a few eggs on two plants. Tuesday I saw another Monarch and the third plant now has eggs. I had not seen a Monarch since July.
I tagged 14 this morning from the trees west of my house [12 mi. N of Eagle Pass in Southwest TX. 15 sighted and I was able to net all but one who got away. Oddly enough there were 10 males and only 4 females.
two butterflies observed sitting tail to tail on a vertical stem on the same plant. Zilcher Botanical Garden Austin TX. No other butterflies observed nearby. These two were quiet and relatively inactive. 11/09/04 approx. 4pm
rezac wrote: ELP 928 and 929 weren't observed, but saw ELP 927 in the Rose Garden. How can I find out where these were initially tagged?
I think you have to wait until all of the tagging datasheets are turned in to find out where the monarchs were initially tagged.
I just wanted to let you know, I tagged ELP927 on November 9th at
Hello. I am new to this sight, but I would like to report that I (actually my 5 1/2 year old daughter) found our 1st Monarch caterpiller about 7 to 9 months ago when we moved onto our new place -- which is in Dike, Texas (80 miles east of Dallas). Since we are new we have no tags, but will try to get into that this year because today (4/25/05) she found our 2nd Monarch caterpiller. We kept the 1st one until it turned into a butterfly and then we released it as we will with the 2nd one. Her school does a whole thing on Monarch's were they raise them and then release them and her teacher asked if I had milkweed growing on my place. We went in search and found several plants I am checking the leaves for eggs and the ones with no eggs are being donated to her class. I also learned that on my place I have Green Antelopehorn Milkweek which (I think) is very pretty.
Noted 18-20 cats on single milkweed plant 3-28-05. Found 2 pupae on the eaves of the house and 5 more on the leaves of the butterfly iris adjacent to the milkweed. Six successfully "launched." Hope the other cats found different sites.
Purchased additional milkweed plants and have seen 3 more cats since. Latest single pupa hatched Saturday 4/30.
I just went out to my backyard and spotted a Monarch hovering over my milkweed, she flew away so I checked the milkweed plants and saw a few eggs. Maybe she would have laid more if I hadn't scared her away, will check back later for more eggs, maybe she will come back. It amazes me how fast they lay the eggs and it seems they don't even land on the plant.
Last Sunday I released about 7 Monarchs and Monday about 7 more, today I sat on the porch and watched Monarchs buzz all over the place. They were enjoying my orange Cosmos and Mimosa blossoms from my Mimosa Tree. I guess they stayed in the area.
I'm releasing newly emerged Monarchs in Medina Co., TX. One yesterday and will probably have 10 out by the end of the day. I have 18 more chrysalides. And there's a couple more caterpillars I found to raise. The other day after the cool front there were quite a few Monarchs passing through western Bexar Co. Good to see them!
Jim, would it be possible to clean out the posts from last year and
let the sightings begin now for the fall of 2005? It would make
it easier to check what is happening if the two migrations and
different years aren't allowed to chain together. Might be more
house cleaning than I am thinking that it will require. But consider
it ... thank you for your hard work.
I respect Harlen's views, but I personally wouldn't want to see any prior information and posts deleted. I like the forum just as it is right now. In the years ahead a nice searchable archive of information from all the posts over the years will accumulate.
Our town ( Enid, Ok) has a beautiful garden that has many flowers that Monarchs enjoy. We noticed some have been tagged and we photographed them. One is tagged GEJ 627 and one GEJ 625. Both from KU. I don't know a lot about butterflies but this has made me more aware.
It was a beautiful day today south of Dallas. My children and I were out shopping and saw lots ( at least 100) Monarchs all headed South for the winter. I have never seen that many butterflies. It was beautiful!!!
Thousands upon thousands of Monarchs (all sizes) through the mid section of Texas the weekend of October 9, 2005 from Santa Anna !16 miles west of Brownwood) to Eden, to Junction and then tapering off around Ft. Stockton.............the skies were full of them in Sonora and Ozona!
watched for two hours last evening, prior to sunset and again this morning, as groups of monarchs, several hundreds in all,continued their journey south towards San Antonio. They were high in the sky, we are located at about 990 ft. elev. the butterflies were quite a bit higher yet. It was just thrilling to see them. I've raised cats and released the butterflies in another state in previous years, but to actually see them in migration was awesome.
We had our first cold front on 10/6 and saw monarchs catching the high north wind. I have seen lots this week. I live east of I-35 near Salado or north of Austin about 60 miles. They usually come throught here about the 10th-15 of October each year.
We saw some Monarchs in a natural area just opened in western Bexar Co. today. They were roosting in trees and would take off and fly when cars passed by. Also saw a couple of butterflies close to where we live. And I'm raising some at home (Medina Co.). Between caterpillars and chrysalides, there's about 40 of them.
A small monarch has been flying around the neighborhood. My neighbor had eggs on his Butterflyweed yesterday and today I went out in the back yard and there was the small buttterfly and she was laying eggs. Does anyone know if this is rare for this area near Houston, Texas in January. We are having very warm weather for this time of year.
Monarch Tag #GML 079 Trying to locate Human Person kind enough to tag Monarch & Release GML079. Found in Hammond, Indiana [northwest Indiana 25 miles southeast of Chicago] alive & feeding on South American A.curassavica milkweed for most of day during early migration/Fall. I identified Tag number using close-up camera lens after many hours of soft stalking to identify. Anybody know this Monarch tagged GML 079 or have you seen since between Indiana & Mexico?
Today, a Monarch was flitting among several milkweed plants on my patio. It was not nectaring so after if flew away I checked the plants and found 14 eggs. There are probably more than 14 eggs because I did not check every leaf and the eggs are easy to miss. I have only seen two other Monarchs recently at other locations. This was the first in my yard.
I saw 3 of them today...not at my place yet, but in the general area! I feel bad because I know that the wild milkweeds are in bad shape because of the drought! But if they come by my place, they won't be sorry!
I've seen 4 or 5 Monarchs the last week or so. One of our students brought me a dead Monarch yesterday. Completely intact. Colors faded. I think it got caught up in the freeze we had about 3 days ago. A large Monarch was seen behind the school today in Mesquite, Texas. Unfortunately, I haven't seen any milkweek in the usual fields yet.
I started seeing monarchs all over the place around march 31st, here in arkansas. on april the 6 i spotted a large female laying eggs on my milkweed that is only about 8 inches high right now. I took pictures. there are about 50 eggs on boths my plants and i have no idea how they are going to get enough to eat!!!!!!!!!!!
Peace, Love, and Monarchs