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Sunday, June 12, 2011

First Monarch Butterfly of the Season

I was thrilled to see the first monarch butterfly of the season. After the rain, the sun came out and the milkweed in my garden began to bloom. It has a very sweet fragrance and this butterfly was enjoying the nectar. I watched as she dipped her proboscis into flower after flower. This is obviously a female as you can see from the thicker black lines on her wings (males have thin black lines) and the absence of two small black dots on the back wings which only the males have. So, we can expect some eggs and then the appearance of caterpillars in the coming days. One of my students brought it to my attention that monarch caterpillars are Steelers' colors. : )

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