I was in a rush before...thank you for the pictures. I hope to have a bunch of different types growing next year. You must have taken a trip to Reno? Do you think that I will have more monarchs show up in the next month? That female is still sticking around in the back yard. It's been over a week now. I really do enjoy watching and photographing her :-)
[quote="Paul Cherubini"]Prior to the 1990's monarchs were common in Reno, but that was back before urban and suburban development crowded out the irrigated alfalfa fields and irrigated horse /cattle pastures where milkweed used to be abundant. Now monarchs are fairly rare, but can still occassionally be seen in parts of the city where there is still some wild milkweed. Example: in southwest Reno, one can still find Asclepias fasicularis and speciosa milkweeds growing along roadsides and in irrigated horse / cattle pastures:http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k75/4af/renob.jpghttp://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k75/4af/renoa.jpg
In August and early September monarchs could most likely be seen flying around blooming patches of fasicularis milkweed. In June and early July they can most likely be seen flying around the blooming patches of the speciosa milkweed.
Most of the monarchs that emerge from their chrysalids in Reno from early Sept to early Nov. are in reproductive diapause and don't breed. Instead, they migrate to the California coast where they spend the winter.[/quote]