Posts Tagged ‘Wildflowers’

Five Monarch Butterflies Tagged as Monarch Season Gets Underway

October 1, 2008

Queen butterflies pose as Monarch butterflies at Lucky Boyr Ranch on the Llano River

Not quite Monarch butterflies,  Queen butterflies flooded Lucky Boy Ranch this weekend, captivating our crew and keeping tenacious taggers on their toes.  About two dozen Monarchs were spotted and we tagged five.  Three of those tagged were extremely ragged, highly unlikely  arrivals in Michoacan, Mexico.  
  
While Monarchs were conspicuously absent, Painted Ladies, Gulf Fritillaries, Pipevine and Eastern Black Swallowtails, as well as fresh hatches of Sulphurs feasted on the frostweed, goldenrod and cutleaf daisy provided by the Lucky Boy nectar fest.
The crew of Hugh, Jenny, Siobhan and Matt shared the weekend with Bob and Monika, which kicked off with the Presidential Debates at Bobhenge followed by cedar clearing, deer blind building and intermittent Monarch tagging and kayaking.  
Praying Mantis Eats a Bee on Frostweed on the banks of the Llano River.

Praying Mantis Eats a Bee on Frostweed on the banks of the Llano River.

Our clearing project along the riverbank has created a prime butterfly habitat, with nectar aplenty and butterflies in abundance.   From kayaks we even spotted some late season Texas Star and Purple Mistflower.    A global bee shortage?  Not this weekend.  Bees were ubiquitous and provided a reassuring hum, our own pagan soundtrack to the weekend.                                                                                 

A praying mantis chowed down on a honey bee, while Siobhan, Bob and Matt witnessed the diamondback watersnake at the Big Riffle.  More tagging coming soon, and high hopes for a thunderstorm and a cold front.

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