South Dakota Monarch Butterfly's Journal

May 23, 2020

Milkweed

Milkweed is starting to grow. Monarch caterpillars need milkweed to eat.

I found some small plants of Showy Milkweed in the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area Butterfly Garden. I could not find any of the other milkweed we have planted - whorled, dwarf, swamp, common. Hopefully they are just getting a late start.

A botanist friend will be experimenting with more milkweed plots to see how best to grow them and which species the monarchs like best.

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Monarchs are back

May 22, 2020
I had a monarch on my lilac bushes in the evening. Dave, a retired botanist, had one during the day. Another friend had one at her house. Sooooo - they are back! Dave said they were about a week earlier than last year.

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April 09, 2020

Spring has just started

It's still too early for monarchs in South Dakota. I did get curious enough to see when the first ones were seen in the state last year. It is usually the end of May or early June.

I had a female laying eggs in the Oahe Butterfly Garden (in the Pierre/Ft. Pierre area) on June 6, 2019.

And just so you know, the peak of migration in the fall for the Pierre area is mid-September. I tag monarchs as they pass through. More people are encouraged to tag monarchs. It is easy. You can find more information about tagging and how to buy tags at https://monarchwatch.org/tagging/. You are also welcome to find me this fall and help.

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