20150803 Monarch factory?

We checked out the milkweed patch and found a big crop of Monarch Caterpillars reaching maturity:


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A couple of km away this Monarch was collecting nectar from this plant named after Joe Pie:

It was very close to the big patch of milkweed across the road from W’s Marina so we might see some larvae there this year.  Good!!


I included this photo because it gets the variation in maturity of the flower head of this  spirea.:


Over the last week I have noticed that the warblers are no longer singing.  And I haven’t seen any.  I suspect that the  yellow warbler families have fledged and have started their southbound journey.