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Please Share Your Monarch Sightings – Thank you!

There have been few Monarch sightings this summer but I have been hoping for a strong fall migration. The migration is peaking in Kansas and we are always a little bit behind. Please let me know if you see a Monarch, and where. Thank you very kindly!

Monarchs are emerging daily in my garden, from eggs collected at my friend Nancy’s field in Salem. This too would be an indication that we may be seeing them soon.newly-emerged-monarch-butterfly-copyright-kim-smith-jpg

This newly eclosed Monarch is clinging to its chrysalis case. Within moments of emerging, the two-part Monarch proboscis must zip together to form a siphoning tube. If the two parts do not join, the butterfly will not be able to drink nectar. In this photo, you can see the proboscis is not yet fully zipped.