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Leave it to the Monarchs to wait until my back is turned to produce a crop of caterpillars for me. For weeks I had been checking my milkweed for babies and found none. Then several weeks ago I found my first two. Then not long after they finished their life cycle I found 5 more. I got several good photos which I'll be posting soon.

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GOOD you caught them!

I read a report last week...some scientists think the decline in Monarchs is due to the weather changing, drought, etc. And the milkweed becoming so hard to find for them... emoticon

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I've actually been seeing some good news on the Journey North sight. The numbers of roosts and sightings of migrating Monarchs has increased from last year. They are predicting larger numbers at the over wintering sights.

The things that you mentioned are very pertinent factors. There are actions in progress to have the Monarchs declared as endangered and that is scary.






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Sad that they would have to be considered an endangered species...but I'm glad someone is thinking about this now, before no one can find but a handful... emoticon

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I've been following the migration through Journey North as I do every year. They say it looks as though the numbers are up this year. I'll be interested to see the final reports.

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Me too...make sure you keep us posted here. emoticon

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According to what I just read the counts start in December and the results will be released in March.

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Okay...good. :flapm:

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The news isn't good but it could have been worse. Numbers were somewhat better than last year but still critically low. The good news is that the weather has been favorable so far and the Monarchs have gotten through the worst of it. Much now depends on how well the milkweed crops do along the migration path in the Spring, especially in Texas. That first breeding generation is tremendously important to recovery for the species.

There was some other good news related to the Monarchs. The US Fish and Wildlife Service allocated just over 3 million dollars to various conservation efforts across the country.

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A little good news is better than none at all. But didn't you all just have a nasty cold spell. Our news was showing Dallas...what a mess. emoticon

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