blazing star wrote:Is there then the ability to correlate that the monarchs will be able to sustain themselves on the navigation South during this drought impact?
Do you remember all the hoopla about the Kansas/Oklahoma/Texas drought last summer and fall? And all the newspaper articles that speculated the monarchs might suffer great nutritional stress or even death due to the dearth of flower nectar and water while migrating through "1000 miles of hell?"
I visited southwestern Texas on Oct. 4 right in the middle of the "hellzone". Far from suffering, I found the monarchs weren't hardly even interested in the available flower nectar and water: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xUDgTOaIQM
None of that surprized me because here in the western USA, the monarchs migrate across the deserts every year without a problem. They even overwinter in the desert.