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Cirsium 02-14-2012 11:57 PM

Track the Spring 2012 Monarch Butterfly Migration
Journey North Monarch Butterfly News - Spring 2012

Welcome to Journey North's spring monarch migration season!
Winter: We begin when the monarchs are still at the overwintering sites, deep in central Mexico. The monarch's story is one of nature's most incredible examples of adaptation and survival. Spring: Get ready to track the migration! The monarchs head north in March. Find out how to report your sightings and track the migration on real-time maps.
(Posted Thursdays: Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31...and weekly until the migration is complete!)
Monarch Butterfly Migration News | Journey North News, Spring 2012

Follow the Spring 2012 Monarch Migration Map:
Monarch Butterfly Migration Map, Spring 2012

First Milkweed Spring 2012 Map:

First Milkweed Spring 2012

The Annual Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly:

The monarch butterfly's annual fall migration to Mexico is one of nature's most incredible survival stories. ...
The Annual Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly

ButterflyLinda 03-15-2012 06:12 PM

I've seen a few of them so far!

NEWisc 03-15-2012 09:21 PM

It's look like they are on the move! Are there milkweeds in your area now that can support caterpillars?

Are you having the record setting warmth like we are here in the Midwest?

ButterflyLinda 03-15-2012 10:19 PM

There's some milkweeds that could support a limited number of caterpillars here in my yard...one is blooming a bit now. It's been pretty warm...not sure if any records have been broken, however. The best thing here is we've had enough precipitation over the winter. That is more of a blessing than the warmer temps. Without the right kinds of vegetation or water (not to mention the wildfire damages) in parts of the state, the wildlife suffered losses that was just beyond anything I could ever believe was possible in Texas. I was alive back in the 50's. In those childhood memories, I don't know for sure if it ever got that bad. I was just a child in a family that wasn't especially concerned about wildlife, but I suspect it wasn't as bad. One thing I've noticed this year...so far, I haven't seen any tiger butterflies...not the Eastern Tiger or the Two-tailed Tiger...they often show up by now. Usually, I would have some chrysallises that could emerge, but nothing this year.

ButterflyLinda 03-28-2012 08:03 PM

I spotted a Monarch laying eggs on Antelope Horns and collected what eggs I could find. No caterpillars that I could see, but fresh eggs. Not taking any chances, so I will raise them!

bridget1964 03-30-2012 08:43 PM

@Linda--I'm jealous! :)

ButterflyLinda 03-30-2012 10:33 PM

Well, last year, all I had was just a few Monarch eggs...and those cats didn't survive. This year it just HAS to go better. The Monarch need a comeback!

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