Is it too early for monarchs?

drippy(7bAL)September 5, 2013

I have asclepias curassavica blooming (for months), buddleia, Joe Pye weed, marigolds, sunflowers....I haven't seen a single monarch, although loaded with gulf fritillaries and swallowtails. My mother suggested it might be too early for the monarchs - true?

Thanks in advance.

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alabamanicole(7b)

Maybe. http://www.monarchwatch.org/tagmig/peak.html

I saw them in VA last week, though, so they should be arriving soon.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 1:11PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Thanks, Nicole - I looked up my latitude on the site you posted, and it says the peak isn't until later this month, so I am hopeful.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 4:05PM
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esh_ga

Last year in Georgia I photographed them the third week of September.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2013 at 9:55AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I have a large window in our living room with a perfect view of the planting bed in the front of the house. From 'my' chair, I can watch all of the bird and other critter activity all day long, including butterflies. I saw a Monarch yesterday, visiting the angelonia, and zinnias. I'll be watching more closely, now.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2013 at 12:11PM
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alabamanicole(7b)

I thought I saw one the other day, but I definitely saw two today. They are starting to pass through.

And the numbers of hummers at my feeders has been absolutely crazy. They seem to be rolling through town as well.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 3:28PM
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Bamatufa(7 - Trussville, AL)

I saw one monarch this week.The hummers are crazy. I have one sitting on top of the feeder gaurding it. First time I have seen that behavior. I work downtown B'ham . Sometime last year ( Fall ) while taking my breaks ( tobacco breaks) outside over a couple days it was like clockwork , every minute or so a butterfly came flying by headed south. I guess they were migrating.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2013 at 8:47PM
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