This afternoon, Byron, Claire, and I went out into the surprisingly hot sun to measure milkweeds 294-325. Unlike other sections of milkweed, this sample had few non-emerged plants and quite a few with at least 20 or more stems. Our largest plant had 50 stems, in case you couldn’t hear Byron “elevating his voice level” to deliver measurements. We also observed more large milkweed bugs than before, got our hands stained yellow by an abundance of aphids, and saw three jumping spiders, which was three more than any of us wanted to see. However, we didn’t see any monarchs, and many of the plants do seem to be shutting down for the winter.