I've been wondering all summer why I didn't have Monarch butterflies though I have lots of tiger swallowtails, despite the milkweed that I leave for them. I suppose we must have gotten a flock migrating through on Monday
I've been fortunate enough to ride with a few Monarchs over the summer. it's the most I've seen in recent memory! And we've had many Monarchs near my house (45 minutes away from the barn), which I have just loved. I always stop and watch them.
I made a bumper sticker for a coworker that says "I Brake for Butterflies" as one morning he slammed on his brakes to avoid a Monarch.
To me, one of the most amazing aspects of these creatures' lives is that it takes multiple generations to make the journey north in the spring but a single generation makes the journey south in the fall. How do any of them follow a path they have before traveled?
I've heard their numbers are decreasing because people are ripping out the milkweed plants that their caterpillars feed on. I kept some milkweeds and never saw one and other than aphids nothing has eaten them.
These are the only monarchs I have seen all year. They were here for 2 days and now are gone again.
I'm glad I spotted them.
Last edited by carolprudm; Oct. 4, 2012 at 03:06 PM.
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I've been keeping a "Seasonal First" diary of when I first see local flora & fauna during the year since 2008, & this year the first Monarch I spotted on our place was Aug. 15th. About a month earlier than past years.