Friday, September 13, 2013

Monarch Waystation Open for Business



Thanks to Monarch Watch.org for their beautiful graphic.  Check out their website for information on creating your own "Monarch Waystation."

Just a quick note to say that Monarchs are now being sighted in my Austin area garden.  Kidneywood (Eysenhardtia texana) and various Asclepias seemed to be their favorites this morning, but they also flitted without landing among the Gregg's mistflower (Conoclinium greggii) during the time I stood transfixed and delighted.

Please comment with your location if you're also seeing my favorite little southbound fall transients in your garden.

4 comments:

Steph@RamblingWren said...

I happened to see the first Fall Monarch this morning on my Gregg's mistflower. I just wish the Milkweed I planted had survived.

Steph@RamblingWren said...

Hello! I forgot to mention that I'm in San Antonio, TX:)

Ally said...

I saw a monarch back in June. It deposited some eggs on my tropical milkweed and left behind a few caterpillars to feast. Since that time, I have not seen any monarchs, but that doesn't mean they are not out there. I'll keep an eye out.

vbdb said...

Thanks for the comments!

An update: over the weekend the largest Monarch I've ever seen was on a "native butterfly bush" I purchased at a Bexar MG plant sale. It's a favorite of hummingbirds, and this huge Monarch was going to town on it. Several others finally settled on the Gregg's blue mistflower with brief forays to the kidneywood.