There have been several single monarchs around the gardens. We’ve also seen many queen butterflies –they’re related to monarchs and feed on milkweed as caterpillars, but they do not migrate.
We will continue to see migrating monarchs build, with the peak in early- to mid- October. That’s the average – it varies a bit each year. You can go to monarchwatch.org to track progress!
Texas Discovery Gardens sees hundreds of Monarchs during the migration. You can bring them to your home, too! Having blooming plants in your garden will help feed migrating monarchs. They absolutely love Gregg’s mistflower. Tall frostweed attracts monarchs and all sorts of other pollinators, including beneficial bees.
We’re so excited to see the monarchs this year! To learn more about butterfly gardening, see our gardening tips.