Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Cape May Point, NJ ~ Monarch Roost

 I was so excited last night to hear that there was another roost at St Pete's Beach's crossover with light about 2500 Monarchs.  I was up and over there at first light.  This roost did not disappoint.

Friday, October 27, 2017

My Yard ~ White M Hairstreak ~ #41 Yard Species 2017

In 2013, I saw a White M Hairstreak here in the yard on my canna leaves but since then nary a sighting  Just now I saw a small butterfly on the rotten fruit but it was with 2 other butterflies so I couldn't ID with my bins.  Out, I went and to my great surprise, it was a White M Hairstreak on the rotten fruit.  These area a rarely seen butterfly here.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

My Yard ~ Monarch's in the Garden

Partly cloudy, cool with winds 18+ MPH has kept the Monarch's in hiding but I still have 20+ around to see today.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

My Yard ~ Monarch's On Their Way to Mexico

When I got up this AM just after the sun came up I was able to see the Monarch's warm up and fly off.  I can only think that they are off to their next stop with their eventual destination of Mexico.  There were about 50 Monarch's left in the yard including these 2 today.

Monarch eclosed this AM

Tagged Monarch XBG592 coming through

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

My Yard ~ Monarch Butterfly Bonanza ~ Day 4

Feeding on Tropical Milkweed during the morning
The past few days have been the most incredible of my butterflying life.  Back on 10/18, the butterfly numbers started to grown in my yard.  I have had up to 18 species but the Monarch's started to come and have just increased in numbers every day.  It has been amazing.  I believe that there are more than 500 butterflies in my yard.  Each evening the have been roosting on both my canna plants and in my Cherry tree.  The light isn't good enough to get pictures in the Cherry tree but these are pictures of the canna's tonight before sunset as the Monarch were still getting set-up for the night.