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Is it too early for monarchs?

Posted by drippy 7bAL (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 5, 13 at 11:42

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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RE: Is it too early for monarchs?

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

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


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RE: Is it too early for monarchs?

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.


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RE: Is it too early for monarchs?

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


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RE: Is it too early for monarchs?

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.


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RE: Is it too early for monarchs?

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.


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RE: Is it too early for monarchs?

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.


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