In Missouri, the Monarchs have been quite scarce during the early part of the year, but in the last month or so they seem to be everywhere. Chip reports that Missouri seems to be one of the states where reproductive Monarchs seems to have flown south and have been laying lots of eggs. As a result, I have seen numerous Monarchs flying around and laying eggs in my yard. I reported seeing seven Monarchs a couple of weeks ago and an acquaintance mentioned that she had seen twenty-five. I also noticed twenty Monarch caterpillars in a brand new butterfly garden at one of our city parks. I’ve never seen so many caterpillars at one time.
Two days ago, I counted twenty Monarchs in my yard and assumed the migration was going through Missouri, but now after reading Chip’s newsletter, I think it’s more likely the “Premigration Migration.”
It looks like Missouri is definitely helping the Monarch population during this last month before the real migration.