TRR photo by Ed Wesely
At a June picnic in Monticello Daniela Mercado, left, and Arly Marin befriended a ladybird puppet and a monarch butterfly. Two days later a live monarch arrived in Wayne County. (Click for larger version)

First monarch. After a difficult winter in central Mexico, where storms may have killed millions, monarchs are slowly winging their way into the Upper Delaware region. The ones we’ll observe this month are probably children or grandchildren of the Mexican survivors, developed from eggs laid on the Gulf Coast in early spring.

June 4 marked a first sighting in Wayne County, PA. Danielle Rutledge “was feeding my horses, about two miles from our house, and there in the pasture on a blade of grass I saw my first monarch.”

Spotting tips. Monarchs are graceful fliers, and often glide on wings held in a shallow “V,” with scarcely a wing beat. Each front wing is about two inches long.

To view pictures of an adult monarch butterfly and a mature caterpillar, please click the “Monarch Butterflies” button at the top of the page.

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