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Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2019 10:23:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: Garry Kessler <gkessler001...>
Subject: [MassLep] Re: "Ms. Monarch and the Hundred Degree Day"

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Hi Brian,

Again too hot today for baking in the sun, at least for me. Checked our
milkweed at about 10 AM and found 4 fresh monarch cats. These were -
probably one day old - eggs 3 days ago which fits since the gestation
period is about 4 days.

https://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p1073481311/hd1f14db7#hd1f14db6

The one pictured in the link above is newly hatched facing broken bits of
egg shell and spilt fluid staining the leaf. There is still a second
unhatched egg on this leaf not far on the other side of the median stem.

Four of our 7 eggs are hatched with one egg remaining. The other two were
on a leaf containing three eggs. This leaf now has a single cat and no
eggs. I'm suspicious that the cat ate the other eggs. I've heard of this
suspicion before.

So if you have multiple eggs on a leaf you might consider "separating"
them. Cutting the leaf up and pinning the pieces under a fresh leaf will
work. Or you can just let nature take its course.

Best,
Garry

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<div dir=3D"ltr">Hi Brian,<div><br></div><div>Again too hot today for bakin=
g in the sun, at least for me. Checked our milkweed at about 10 AM and foun=
d 4 fresh monarch cats. These were - probably one day old -=C2=A0 eggs 3 da=
ys ago which fits since the gestation period is about 4 days.</div><div><br=
></div><div><a href=3D"https://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p1073481311/hd1f14=
db7#hd1f14db6">https://garrykessler.zenfolio.com/p1073481311/hd1f14db7#hd1f=
14db6</a><br></div><div><br></div><div>The one pictured in the link above i=
s newly hatched facing broken bits of egg shell and spilt fluid staining th=
e leaf. There is still a second unhatched egg on this leaf not far on the o=
ther side of the median stem.=C2=A0</div><div><br></div><div>Four of our 7 =
eggs are hatched with one egg remaining. The other two were on a leaf conta=
ining three eggs. This leaf now has a single cat and no eggs. I&#39;m suspi=
cious that the cat ate the other eggs. I&#39;ve heard of this suspicion bef=
ore.=C2=A0</div><div><br></div><div>So if you have multiple eggs on a leaf =
you might consider &quot;separating&quot; them. Cutting the leaf up and pin=
ning the pieces under a fresh leaf will work. Or you can just let nature ta=
ke its course.=C2=A0</div><div><br></div><div>Best,</div><div>Garry</div></=
div>

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