How Many Monarchs Did I See Yesterday? – August 28, 2019

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HMBY

ZERO (AGAIN!)

Two shut-outs is not making me feel very positive about this whole experiment, but to be fair Tuesday and Wednesday are days that I just don’t have a good chance to make multiple HMBY checks.

The color-coded system:

HMBY COLOR CODE

SHOW ME THE DATA

Okay, so here is the beginning of the good stuff. Below in the chart you will see the graphical trend of how many Monarch butterflies are visiting our flower fields.

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Today’s Monarch Fact of the Day

In this article from the Houston Chronicle on their website is a story about a free Milkwood giveaway to help increase the Monarch butterfly population. Free milkweed giveaway in The Woodlands to grow monarch butterfly population

Do You Know a Daily Monarch Fact

Because I enjoy learning new information all the time I will include a daily fact every time I make an update. If you have any facts you want to contribute please do.

The Monarch Photo of the Day

Again, if you are a Monarch Watcher and would like to join in this fun endeavor please do and link to the daily posts.

4 Comments

    1. Thanks for the kind words Russell. I think a part of it is that it is not quite time for the actual migration. But my background of 30+ years is about strong Quality Control and data integrity practices, so I wanted to get my procedure in good order well before the actual migration begins. Another factor is the maturity level of our flower crop. The Zinnias, which are the main draw on the north side are reaching the end of their life cycle, so I have some concern about how much of a draw they will be through October. My plan for 2020, if God blesses me with the time, is to stagger planting so I have blooms all season. We do have four butterfly bushes still blooming strong, so I hope they will also draw more Monarchs. Overall I think I have identified about a dozen butterfly types in all!

      1. Are monarchs in crisis? I live in Maryland. Forty years ago, during their migration period, the trees used to be covered with them. I haven’t seen this kind of display in decades.

      2. From every article I read and add to my HMBY posts it seems so. I am still searching for an article that says what the loss is in terms of the entire population making the entire 3000+ mile journey.

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