Thursday, January 20, 2011
Queen butterflies, also members of the Danaus family, share their favorite nectar sources making a regular show.
The news isn't as promising at the Desert Botanical Garden or the riparian area near McClintock and the Salt River in Tempe where colder microclimates may have affected monarch populations. Desert Botanical Garden reported temperatures of only 22 degrees in early January and monarchs presence is absent since prior to the freeze. The McClintock/Salt River riparian area featured five monarchs the day of the freeze and none since.
The news isn't all grim - Tatsuyo on South Mountain hosts several newly eclosed monarch butterflies! Just this week two males and one female emerged from their chrysalis and stay nearby nectaring on calendula...
...and other trees in bloom.