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Danaus plexippus - male - female

Danaus plexippus - Male Female
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Arcadia, Los Angeles County, California, USA
January 13, 2008
Due to plantings of the non-native Asclepias curassavica , which still bears flowers and foliage, these butterflies are still ovipositing. Since early December '07 I've observed everything from oviposition, various larval stages, to pupation (on nearby, non-food plants). No emergence so far from the four chrysalides I've discovered, though I have seen freshly emerged individuals.

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Danaus plexippus - male - female Danaus plexippus - male - female

Hartmut,
We've added a lot of images to the Monarch INFO page. You may want to consider adding more text based upon your experiences. And feel free to move the images around as you see fit. We just tried to place them where they seemed to fit with the current text.

 
INFO page looks good,
and may the year 2008 be a jewel for you, John & Jane!
I may have something to add later, though first must prepare for my daughter's birthday dinner (not entomophagous!).
Several issues seem interesting, i.e. do Monarchs become urban residents due to a combination of climatic factors, and suitable plantings in gardens? Do some Monarchs from urban gardens still migrate to the CA coastal wintering places?
There's some recent literature about interchange between eastern and western populations via the Mexican wintering sites...

 
Fine work!
Glad to see your Monarch shots and info, Hartmut.