It has been a Monarch Summer here this year. A female Monarch left me a dozen eggs yesterday. I had just released my last 8 butterflies the day before. There were only two females in that batch. But, this was a different female, as she was one of the largest females I've seen. So, with this new bunch of eggs, this makes 5 generations of Monarchs, or 5 broods that I will have raised this year. I am hoping she comes back and leaves more eggs today. She was scared away from her task by one of my resident male Monarchs that patrol the backyard looking for females. They attack everything that has wings, including going after the hummingbirds. The males have hung out for over a month.
The Monarchs should start gathering in the yard in preparation for the migration south. It's been a different summer here with all the rain and below normal temps. We are back in the 90s, but had a surprise shower yesterday--about an inch fell. The mosquitoes are huge and hungry. The Tropical Milkweed is lush with new growth. Hoping for a great showing this fall.