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Welcome! This blog is mostly about butterfly gardening, but other types of plants and gardens, as well as other wildlife is blogged about too.

April 22, 2008

First Monarch Sighting!

Filed under: Monarchs — Butterflygirl @ 4:38 pm

I saw my first Monarch just a few minutes ago! I couldn’t get a picture of it, it wouldn’t sit still, but was definitely a female looking for a place to lay eggs.

So I went and took a look at what little milkweed is coming up so far. And guess what? I found eggs on my purple milkweed and whorled milkweed! Unfortunately, I just started pages on those 2 plants recently too, so I can’t give you much information about them yet.

Last year, I found the first Monarch eggs in my garden on the 24th – so its 2 days earlier this year! And on Earth Day too!

Here is a picture of the purple milkweed – its just barely sticking out of the ground. I can’t wait tilll it blooms – its my favorite milkweed flower! The eggs aren’t visible, they were on the other side.

Purple Milkweed, just coming up.

On the whorled milkweed you might be able to make out the eggs if you click on the picture to see it bigger.

Whorled milkweed with Monarch eggs.

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