The season has officially taken flight and our technicians are hard at work counting and tagging Cape May’s beloved monarchs. We have observed several gravid (egg-carrying) females beginning to lay their eggs on milkweed plants, and several small caterpillars have already started to emerge. It’s hard to believe that these tiny creatures, which are now still smaller than a matchstick, will grow 3,000% bigger in the next few weeks and eventually metamorphose into the “super generation” that will fly all the way to Mexico in October.
If you are interested in learning more about these intrepid insects, please stop by the Cape May Observatory, Northwood Center where several of our little friends are busy munching and growing fat surrounded by a beautiful, educational display. Also, look for our research technicians, Katie and Lindsey, as they flit around the point (the butterfly nets make them easy to spot). They would be thrilled to speak with you! You may even get to see them tag a monarch or two.