We have been corresponding this spring about the plight of the Monarch. She has been involved in creating habitat for them. And she responded to the post with photos of a Monarch we found near Yorktown, Virginia, in late May.
Eliza asked, earlier today, whether we had found any eggs or signs of Monarch larvae on the Milkweed by the pond where we have been watching for butterflies.
So my partner and I returned this evening, to see what we might see.
We found the Milkweed plants just covered in bumblebees, feasting on their tiny flowers just as the flowers were opening. And the bumblebees were so blissed out on the wonderful nectar, they were totally oblivious to my presence.
Just inches away, they continued to feed while I took photos.
But in the entire time we explored, there was only one small butterfly or moth. I don’t know its name, but suspect it is a moth.
Not a single Monarch to be found. And at Eliza’s suggestion, I searched for signs of eggs or larvae on the Milkweed plants.
I”m so sorry to say that I couldn’t locate either. The Milkweed leaves look pristine- no larval munching. I checked the closest Milkweed plants and found no eggs, either.
Perhaps the Monarch did lay her eggs on one of these plants closer to the pond; one I didn’t climb down the bank to inspect. Let us hope that is the case.
And we’ll continue to check back from time to time to see what evidence we may find as the summer unfolds.
Today we were happy to find a brilliant blue dragonfly.
He was quite happy to sit still while I snapped off several portraits of him.
He was watching me, but didn’t even flinch until I moved away. He was a great sport, and I appreciate his patience.
The swans have moved on, too. But we found Egrets wading further down the road.
Early summer brings such a pageant of life to our community.
We enjoy the staccato music of the frogs and the basso continuo buzzing of bees under the melody of birds calling to one another.
So much life, and such beauty.
All Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014