Hello Mama Monarch

Plant and they will come!Female Monarch depositing eggs copyright Kim Smith

Alighting on the buds of our Marsh Milkweed plants, you can see in these photos that the female Monarch is curling her abdomen to the underside to deposit eggs. She will go from bud to bud and leaf to leaf ovipositing one egg at a time. A female, on average, deposits 700 eggs during her lifetime, fewer in hot, dry weather.

Female Monarch depositing eggs -1 copyright Kim SmithFemale Monarch Butterfly and Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)

Butterflies do not “lay” eggs; we say oviposit or deposit. And you wouldn’t describe a caterpillar as hatched, but that it has emerged or eclosed.

Grow Marsh Milkweed and Common Milkweed and you most definitely will have female Monarchs calling your garden home!Female Monarch depositing eggs -2 copyright Kim Smith

In the above photo you can see how she is contorting her abdomen to correctly position the eggs.

One thought on “Hello Mama Monarch

  1. marshmere

    What’s happened to the deciduous trees on 128 between Concord St & 133, especially on the Essex side. They are not very “leafy”. Have you written about this?

    Thanks, Mark Nelson

    On Sat, Jul 23, 2016 at 4:28 PM Kim Smith Designs wrote:

    > Kim Smith posted: “Plant and they will come! Alighting on the buds of our > Marsh Milkweed plants, you can see in these photos that the female > Monarch is curling her abdomen to the underside to deposit eggs. She will > go from bud to bud and leaf to leaf ovipositing one egg ” >

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