The first two monarchs of the season, both female, emerged after 10 days. Here's a bad picture of one.
Haven't had any egg laying for a month--pretty dry, to boot, so stuff that's making the mad dash upward and outward is stressed out. I mean, drought in June? It's our wettest summer month. I've never had to water so early.
If you're in Lincoln Saturday, come to the Haymarket Farmer's Market and talk to my wife and I about native plants, ecosystems, organic plant care... then buy some seeds, books, photos, bee houses, plants, etc. Monarch Gardens will be across from Lazlo's in front of the train station from 8-noon unless there's a thunderstorm or I win the lottery. If I win the lottery, you're all invited to my 10,000 acre prairie restoration and artist's colony.