These girls hung around for a bit today, while I was tagging, before they took off. There have been so many Monarchs in the garden all afternoon, and they are not all mine. While I am still finding a couple eggs on the milkweed, there doesn't appear to be as many as there were in the last few weeks. I am guessing it's getting late: the third generation is dying out. Any eggs laid now will take 28 days to complete metamorphosis. Though it is still quite warm, the cool, fall weather will be coming soon.
35 were tagged and released today, bringing me up to a total of 419. I might break my goal of 500 by the end of the week! There are still dozens and dozens of larvae, munching away milkweed on my dining room table...I wonder just how many I will end the season with. Any guesses?