More Monarchs and a Spicebush Swallowtail

August 12, 2015  •  1 Comment

We had been seeing 1-2 Monarchs a day since our first sighting. We returned from another family visit yesterday afternoon and I was glad to see at least 3, possibly 4 Monarchs in the garden. They were nectaring on several plants, including the Eastern Blazing Star. A pair were even mating! After the male sipped some nectar, he carried his mate to the sugar maple to get some privacy.

Monarch male on Eastern Blazing StarMonarch male on Eastern Blazing Star

Monarchs mating on Eastern Blazing StarMonarchs mating on Eastern Blazing Star Monarchs mating on Sugar MapleMonarchs mating on Sugar Maple

One male was buffeted about by the breeze but finally settled on a patch of marsh milkweed.

Monarch male on Marsh MilkweedMonarch male on Marsh Milkweed

There was also a Spicebush Swallowtail female on the milkweed near the pond. It's time to look for caterpillars!

Spicebush Swallowtail female on Marsh MilkweedSpicebush Swallowtail female on Marsh Milkweed

 

 


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Alan @ It's Not Work, It's Gardening!(non-registered)
Four monarchs at once!! I've seen a few flying through at various times, and even saw one female appearing to lay eggs on my Asclepias syriaca -- but after checking there were no eggs. She was going through the motions only -- is that common? (Disappointing!)

I had a Giant Swallowtail visit a few years back, which was exciting!
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