Rearing Monarchs is underway!
I'm so excited! I released 2 healthy Monarchs last week, 1 male and 1 female, but thought that might have been a fluke to have Monarchs here that early. No sign of eggs or cats since then. Well last night I found 6 eggs on some small Swamp milkweed plants! These plants are only about 6-8 inches tall and they sprouted this Spring after I dug a little bed for some Daylily seedlings. There used to be some Asclepias incarnata growing there a few years ago, and apparently the seeds have lain in the soil since then, and sprouted when the soil was disturbed.
I checked some of the other Milkweed plants but haven't found any other eggs as yet. Maybe the Momma will come back and leave some more eggs?? There is a nice patch of common milkweed and lots of tropical which is about 3-6 inches tall. Also some nice Butterfly weed, but that is not their preferred host plant. I also attempt to grow other Asclepias species with greater or lesser success. :)
So what's happening for you with rearing Monarchs this year? (Course we know minrose has released hundreds already, yippeeee.) Anybody interested in a running thread?