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Offline Traveling Wave

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Re: Papilio Polyxenes
« Reply #90 on: August 09, 2020, 1737 UTC »
I have noticed a few monarchs and a few swallowtails this year more than in the past. I have a "Quick Fire" hydrangea shrub that blooms early July and turns pink in August. It attracts numerous pollinators when in bloom due to its heavy scent.
« Last Edit: August 09, 2020, 1739 UTC by Traveling Wave »
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Re: Papilio Polyxenes
« Reply #91 on: August 09, 2020, 1840 UTC »
Thanks for the reports!
As of 8/9/2020 things are in full swing after a delay for some unknown reasons.
We have released 3 healthy female Black Swallowtails, with 5 in Chrysalis due this week and a bunch of grazers.
 I have somewhat changed my approach, transferring cats to a hidden host plant where the predatory wasps seem to pass over and the plant is smaller and easier to keep track. Two of the 3  BFs were manipulated to chrysalis in an area outdoors easy to keep track of. So far both had a predictable Chrys flying the morning of the 7th day betore 10am .
Others are inside at this time.
We've got continuous laying females daily, and I've seen more Monarchs this year than ever, despite continuing bad news science reports.  As usual though, no action from Monarchs on our milkweed.
Spotted so far this year were Gulf Fritillary, probably blown here by the Tropical storm, and also Tiger and Zebra SWT along with numerous daily BSTs
Thanks for reading and your interest.

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« Last Edit: August 12, 2020, 2257 UTC by Davep »
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Re: Papilio Polyxenes
« Reply #92 on: August 20, 2020, 1810 UTC »
Seen way more of the black swallowtails or whatever they're called as opposed to Monarchs.

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Re: Papilio Polyxenes
« Reply #93 on: August 24, 2020, 1228 UTC »
https://imgur.com/a/o0AxuWV

So, 4 monarchs born between 7a-8a (1100-1200 utc  ;D) this morning.  They are in a large Rubbermaid bin with an old window screen atop, all started from eggs collected on milkweed in my yard.  Having just been born, they are clinging onto the chrysalis from which they emerged until their wings dry and stiffen. The netting assists them climb back to the screen when they first attempt to fly.  They will be released just after lunch time to find their first meal.  A big thanks 👏 to Davep who got me started raising butterflies.

The caterpillar on the bottom is oblivious to the commotion above as it works on milkweed leaves.
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Re: Papilio Polyxenes
« Reply #94 on: September 10, 2020, 2202 UTC »
I have not seen many Monarchs this summer, but the other day I was sitting outside in a lawn chair, taking a short break between yard work tasks, and one flew around me, visiting for a minute or two, before flying off.
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Re: Papilio Polyxenes
« Reply #95 on: September 12, 2020, 1905 UTC »
I've seen Monarchs almost every day this year stopping by our nectar plants.  There have been more locals than in previous years , but still no egg deposits that I know of. 
The migration seem to have begun over the last week , as I have seen several today already.
At least some follow directly along the shore line crossing the Chesapeake bay as I have observed some clinging to Sea Oats less than 100 yards from the ocean on several occasions

We've had 12 Black swallowtail flyaways from our station so far this year, I am leaving the winter generation to mother nature
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