|Male monarch at Cape May Point, 10/30/15.|
|Female monarch at Cape May Point, 10/30/15.|
We're not only seeing adult monarchs in Cape May here at the end of October, there are also still a few caterpillars around. The one show below, in "J" formation just prior to pupation, won't emerge as an adult until mid-November. It seems unlikely that it will make the trek to Mexico with so late a start, but who knows, these intrepid insects keep surprising us.
|Monarchs hang in this "J" position before molting into a chrysalis.|
While the censuses end after October 31, we'll still be working on the Monarch Monitoring Project, compiling the year's tagging data, conducting a few more educational programs, and organizing materials for next year's monarch season. Later in the winter we'll make plans for new initiatives that the Monarch Monitoring Project might undertake. It will be a busy off-season, we'll let you know what new ideas we might be trying in 2016.