Yesturday Sarah Dalton in east-central Ohio (which is just 250 miles east of Evansville, Indiana) reported an "explosion" of monarchs. East-central Ohio is mostly farmland where GMO crops like BT corn are routinely grown. See below:
From: "Dalton, Sarah" <Dalton@MetroParks.net>
Seeing lots of monarchs on my wanderings through eastern central Ohio. Finding SCADS of eggs (checked ~600 plants = 158 eggs, 34 cats!!!), so many I'm going to have to start giving them away big time...
I predict a monarch EXPLOSION here in about 3-4 weeks!!! I suppose this is the big reproductive push to produce the migratory generation but it seems a bit early this year (perhaps because of our cool summer? Only two days over 90 degrees in July...). It is definitely MORE than I've ever seen before!
Blendon Woods Metro Park
4265 E. Dublin-Granville Rd.
Westerville, OH 43081