Monarch laying eggs (Nov 19, '13) OE likely-photo
In my backyard yesterday, this Monarch was laying eggs for a few hours. Pretty to see but the last thing I want are more eggs! :( In looking at the pictures close-up, her abdomen DEFINITELY looks OE infected.
I included a link to a site with GOOD pictures of OE infected caterpillars, pupae, and butterflies with good info also. It shows healthy and unhealthy Monarch abdomens. Most experts agree that testing is the only way to know for sure if OE is present because all life stages of Monarchs can look very healthy but still have the spore. Some just have more infestation then others so it shows, or they die as larvae, or can't fly, etc.
All my cats look dark like the ones in her second picture of larvae, and many have tweaked antennaes. I'm ordering a $15 pocket field microscope (60-100X, lighted) and won't release any untested butterflies.
Here is a link that might be useful: OE spore and the Monarch
This post was edited by Monarch-Ma-so.cal on Thu, Nov 21, 13 at 1:30