Monarch Season is in Full Bloom
Milkweed is Monarch Candy
Ever see children reaching for the candy in the checkout lane at your grocery store? You know the children can't resist the desire to eat the contents of the brightly wrapped candy.
Milkweed is candy to the monarchs. Sweet pollen in the milkweed flowers feeds the adult monarchs as they travel. The female monarchs are acutely aware of milkweed plants as they migrate.
Current Monarch Butterfly Activity in Reno
In three consecutive days I have found evidence of monarchs. One female monarch landed in a tree above my wife as she was washing her car. I captured an amateur photograph and enhanced the color to help bring out the monarch.
The very next day I saw a monarch flying across a busy street after it overflew a patch of showy milkweed. It was moving fast. There is a good chance that it was also laying eggs on the milkweed as it traveled from plant to plant.
In March there were monarchs traveling thru Texas while I visited on spring break. There were monarch eggs in a milkweed garden near San Antonio. There was also a monarch caterpillar on those milkweed plants. June has arrived and the first eggs can be found on milkweed near Reno. It's exciting to see the life cycle of these amazing insects.