Monarchs are Around!
I was visiting Madison, WI and found a stray 2" milkweed sprout in a commercial garden with an egg on it. There wasn't enough milkweed around to support a growing cat, so I brought it home to raise. Today, I was out searching for ripening seeds and found a 3rd-instar Monarch cat on my infant Poke Milkweed. And yesterday I saw an adult Monarch flying in my sister's garden. Not droves, but I'm seeing more than I expected, with the numbers as low as they are. I hope the weather is helpful and that the monarchs we have are able to find nectar sources on their trip back south. My liatris, New England Asters and Iron Weed all look good so far.