Today I went out in the yard to see what was happening. I know folks think Florida doesn’t have seasons but that’s just not so. I few weeks ago we had peach and mango blossoms on the trees and my Butterfly Weed was well in bloom attracting ants as the pollinators. But, it also did it’s job and attracted Monarch Butterflies.
Today, I notice the scattered Monarch eggs on the plant. They set them in spots. A few on one leaf, a few on another. Not like the tighter patterns of laying I see with other insects.
I probably would have taken the blurry leaf out of the foreground but it had a couple of eggs at the base. The eggs are actually egg shaped and have a pattern of striation.
I hope I catch them hatching. As to the peaches, well they are pretty small now and some of these will self select and drop with the healthiest remaining. The mangos seem to attract seed eating birds when they are about 1/4 inch across so we don’t get too many.
The magnolia buds are forming and I should be getting some shots of those in a week or two but while I was looking into the tree, I found a Corn Snake coiled and watching me. They are harmless but will nip when disturbed so I just took a couple of pictures and left it alone.