Danaus plexippus

Monarch Danaus plexippus male hatched after 19 days on Meadowsweet (Spiraea alba) Sept. 22, 2017, Leamington, Ontario.

Monarch
Danaus plexippus

Update: September 22, 2017

Two weeks ago 2 to 3 Monarchs a day were flying through the yard. They didn’t dally, but grabbed a quick snack and were on their way, flying southwest.
Last week the numbers picked-up to 4 a day. By the weekend (Sept 15-17, 2017) 10 to 12 a day. None stayed more than a few minutes.

Monarch Danaus plexippus male hatched after 19 days on Meadowsweet (Spiraea alba) Sept. 22, 2017, Leamington, Ontario.
Monarch Danaus plexippus male hatched after 19 days on Meadowsweet (Spiraea alba) Sept. 22, 2017, Leamington, Ontario.

Length of time in pupa is generally 10 to 15 days. It appears things move a bit more slowly in Ontario. This is day 19 and finally a Monarch adult male hatched from the Meadowsweet (Spiraea alba). It formed its chrysalis on September 3, 2017 and hatched today September 22, 2017. (see photos previous Monarch blog).

 

Monarch Danaus plexippus chrysalis after 18 days on Steeplebush. Maybe tomorrow it will hatch. Sep 22, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.
Monarch Danaus plexippus chrysalis after 18 days on Steeplebush. Maybe tomorrow it will hatch. Sep 22, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.

 

Two more chrysalis found on Sept 04-17 are not hatched yet, maybe tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monarch Danaus plexippus male at left on Meadowsweet; at right on Morning Glory. Just hatched Sept. 22, 2017, Leamington, Ontario. In chrysalis for 19 days.
Monarch Danaus plexippus male at left on Meadowsweet; at right on Morning Glory. Just hatched Sept. 22, 2017, Leamington, Ontario. In chrysalis for 19 days.

While photographing the newly hatched adult, another one was discovered not a foot away, under a Morning Glory leaf on the fence. How did I miss that one?

 

 

 

 

 

Monarch Danaus plexippus female just hatch under a Morning Glory leaf. Sept. 22, 2017, Leamington, Ontario
Monarch Danaus plexippus female just hatch under a Morning Glory leaf. Sept. 22, 2017, Leamington, Ontario

Possibly the fall migration has begun early this year. Latest forecast has day-time highs of 7 C. or 45 F. for the 1st week of October.

 

Stay tuned.

Monarch Danaus plexippus spent chrysalis on Morning Glory. Sept. 22, 2017, Leamington, Ontario.
Monarch Danaus plexippus spent chrysalis on Morning Glory. Sept. 22, 2017, Leamington, Ontario.

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