I found five 5th Instar larva within a few feet of each other in a small patch of Common Milkweed.
Perched on a buoy in Vermont waters, the same bird as seen yesterday:
first monarch of the season I've seen.
at least 4 on the road.
In the back parking lot at Dead Creek W.M.A. (beyond Brilyea bridge), I watched this gorgeous butterfly for several minutes. It looked like it was dancing - staying in one place with wings up and apparently stomping its feet or shuffling them in the dust - ???
This was viewed with several people including Alan Strong, UVM. It appears to be a Lawrence's hybrid.