Lots going on at Bobcat in June

The milkweeds at Bobcat are full of life!  The A. fascicularis is fading:

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…but, the A. eriocarpa is flowering:

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There are lots of aphids:

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…which are exceting so much honeydew that the nearby rocks are glazed with the sweet substance:

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The Lygaeus kalmii are present, as usual:

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…and there are crab spiders in many of the flower clusters:

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…or sometimes just on a conveniently placed pin flag:

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Also, there are tremendous numbers of monarchs this year!

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After the low monarch numbers at Hastings last year, and the really dry winter, I wasn’t expecting to see so many monarchs developing well. The Passalora californica which hit the Bobcat milkweeds so hard last year doesn’t seem to be a big deal this year. I’m not sure what is going on, but it has certainly been an interesting year at Bobcat so far.

 

 

 

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