On Tuesday, October 7 Mrs. Southwell was working in her garden. She noticed a monarch butterfly gliding over her blue mist flowers. Then the monarch started flitting around the milkweed plants. It hovered over the plants like it was looking for something, then landed and put it's abdomen under a leaf like this:
She was laying eggs! She continued to lay eggs until Mrs. Southwell lost count of how many eggs she had laid! Mrs. Southwell brought a few of the eggs to school for us to observe. This is a close up view of one:
We are hoping the egg will hatch on Friday, October 10 because we read that they hatch three days after they are laid.