So I got an email last week from a lady that had saw the Squirrel eating the monarch's story that was in Monarch joint Venture with the pictures I had taken. She asked me if she could use my pictures to write a story about it for the Daily Koz. I agreed and here is a link to that story. http://m.dailykos.com/story/2017/1/28/1626169/-Daily-Bucket-The-Curious-Case-of-the-Zombie-Monarchs-and-the-Hipster-Squirrel
I also read up on the fox squirrel so I could maybe understand his behaviors better and this is the website I used. http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Sciurus_niger/
I have been able to determine that there are at least three different fox squirrels in the sanctuary area. But I have no idea which one, two or if all three of them eat the monarchs. The information i saw from several different sources says that any of them will eat insects and monarch are insects. Stay turned during the rest of the monarch overwintering season to see if more predation occurs.
When I went to the sanctuary today at about 1600, i looked they were once again clustering in the same cypress that I have twice seen the predation occur. There was lots of flying around because mating is in full swing but if the monarchs do cluster here again, it will be interesting to see if the squirrel(s) attempt predation again. The monarchs have not clustered in this tree since the last predation that i saw on Jan. 6th, 2017.