Monday, July 5, 2010
Monarch butterflies in Arizona usually are spotted first in the Southern cienegas. So we drove down, even though we knew the day would slam us with searing temperatures.
Laura and I walked the fields, hoping for a glimpse of royalty. We spotted several queens, but it wasn't until we hit the East fence boundary that we saw the bright orange and familiar glide in a nearby Asclepias subverticillata patch. Her scooping flight signalled egg-laying, so we watched her find just the right milkweed to lay her egg. Then she flew up and waltzed to the Southern meadow and out of sight.
One lone Smartweed was blooming. Butterflies were abundant, but nectar limited. Soon that will change.
On Saturday, Bob and I headed up to the Rim country for cool temperatures and 4th of July fairs. We stopped in Pine for a bit and stumbled on this cute house off a main local road.
A simply great weekend!