The milkweeds at Bobcat are full of life! The A. fascicularis is fading:
…but, the A. eriocarpa is flowering:
There are lots of aphids:
…which are exceting so much honeydew that the nearby rocks are glazed with the sweet substance:
The Lygaeus kalmii are present, as usual:
…and there are crab spiders in many of the flower clusters:
…or sometimes just on a conveniently placed pin flag:
Also, there are tremendous numbers of monarchs this year!
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.