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New Website for Western Monarchs

Thursday, January 17th, 2008 at 1:32 pm by Jim
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The Ventana Wildlife Society, under the leadership of Jessica Griffith and with the support of Helen Johnson, has created a website for Western Monarchs:

Much of the content of the website focuses on the efforts by the society, with the help of volunteers, to monitor the monarch overwintering locations in Monterey County, California.

  1. 5 Responses to “New Website for Western Monarchs”

  2. By Maralee Arnold on Jan 27, 2008

    I live in Huntington Beach, CA and I have had numerous monarch cats and eggs on what is left of my milkweed plants. I have also seen several chrysalis in my yard. Is this normal for this time of year? I have been bringing some of the chrysalis indoors to hatch and then returning them outside on a sunny day. Any thoughts from someone?

  3. By Victor Huey on Feb 23, 2008

    I live in Culver City, CA, and our yard is a monarch waystation. We’ve also had a lot of eggs and caterpillars this past Fall. It does seem unusual, however, that we still have a few caterpillars on our milkweed. Unfortunately, many of the chrysalisis and butterflies haven’t made it due to the cold this winter. The few that did make it didn’t stick around. They seem to leave right away. We’ll see what Spring will bring.

  4. By Mary Rockwell on Apr 27, 2008

    I live in Camarillo, CA and have registered my yard as a waystation. I have not seen any monarchs so far this year. Two years ago I had a yard full of monarchs all summer long, but last year I had very few.

  5. By Albert Eurs on Jun 1, 2008

    I live in Cypress and I had monarchs lay eggs as late as November. Most hatched and survived through the pupal stage. I had about a 20% mortality rate because of the cold weather. During February the remaining ones hatched and flew away. I had a female also lay eggs in February and those have since reached adulthood. I recently had a Queen butterfly lay eggs and I’m waiting to see if they hatch. This Queen was about 125 miles north of her range.

  6. By Beth Pelley on Aug 3, 2010

    Stockton, CA. July 2010. In the Spring of 2008 my 6th grade students began a Monarch Waystation in our school Life Lab. This spring is the first time we were successful in getting our milkweed to bloom and my 2009 class added more milkweed seeds this spring which have not sprouted yet. It seems to take them a winter over season before they sprout eventhough I bought species that were not supposed to need winterover conditions. My class this year is already busy weeding the garden. We have yet to see any monarch, but am hopeful that with the milkweed, we may see them this fall.

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