Yesterday the first six eclosed. Five were females and one male. So a couple of female monarchs left over 80 eggs in my yard! By using degree days, we figured the first female likely came through the yard on Sunday, September 11, while I was out of town. The second female arrived September 16th. In previous years we didn't see egg-laying until the beginning of October during the time of the peak monarch migration through the Phoenix area.
So keep your eyes open during this premier time of the monarch migration through the greater Phoenix area! For a time we will likely see breeding and migrating monarchs around town. With the cooler weather heading our way and the winds shifting to a more favorable direction, look for monarchs in the air. Don't forget to look in unusual places, too, for any eggs, larvae or pupae they may leave behind during their short time with us.
You can read more about the status of the monarch migration and population this year on the Monarch Watch Blog by Dr. Chip Taylor. How can you help? Grow milkweed! Start your planting list for the Fall plant sales today.