Here in Northwestern Ontario, the Monarchs arrived early again. I saw the first one in my yard on May 23rd. They were not as plentiful as last spring but they were truly present. On May 23rd the milkweed shoots were only about an inch tall. We had a warm spring, it grew and the butterflies layed many eggs in no time. Last week I counted just less than 100 cats, at various stages. I had to bring about 30 small ones to the very well-established waystation 267 across town, as I was running out of milkweed. She had just received 100 cats from someone else the day before.
In my garden, there are 2 chrys and a number hanging in "J"'s. It went down to 7 celcius last night so maybe that is way two have been hanging for what seems too long. I noticed yesterday some small ones were missing and in speaking with waystation 267 today, learned that sparrows are eating them!
They've eaten up almost all of the 130 she recently received. I am running out of milkweed for those left and waystation 267 is going to cover some of her many plants with a screen to receive the ones I have. There are also new eggs in my yard on bare stems. I hope the plants rejeuvenate quickly. I saw a couple of shield bugs in my garden already too. Is it common for sparrows to eat so many cats? What is going on?
Debbie in Northwestern Ontario