Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A TO Z CHALLENGE - "M" IS FOR MONARCH BUTTERFLY

Butterflies, to me, are one of God's most beautiful creations. We're fortunate enough to live on their flight pattern. Their numbers are decreasing, however, and fewer and fewer fly though these days.

 
I saw this beauty near our pond and took this picture on October 8th, 2007.
 
They migrate from Canada to Mexico. They've never made the journey before but they know which direction to go. If you've never seen a migration, it's awesome. Hundreds of butterflies in the sky. Adult Monarchs are poisonous and the birds know to leave them alone. Most live only a few weeks. The ones born late in the summer fly back to Mexico and stay there until spring. They can live for 8 months.
 
 
This was taken October 12, 2007. Due to high winds that prevented the butterflies from flying south, they hung around longer than usual. They roosted in the trees by our pond. I had fun snapping their picture. Now, we see very few Monarchs.
 
I'm going to plant some milkweed seeds. The female lays her eggs on the milkweed only.
 
To learn more about these lovely butterflies go here:
http://www.nwf.org/wildlife/wildlife-library/invertebrates/monarch-butterfly.aspx
 


24 comments:

  1. Wonderful butterfly Beverly. Great post.
    Have a good day.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne. A lovely day to you as well. :)

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  2. They are beautiful. For the longest time we didn't see any monarchs in this area because of the lack of milkweed plants but since they're no longer spraying to kill the plants the butterflies are slowly making a comeback.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that, Melanie. I read where 90% of the population has died out. Their Mexico winter home has lost a lot of trees, I think. I hope my milkweed seeds sprout. When we first moved here 30 years ago, milkweed plants were everywhere. Now we have only a few.

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  3. Butterflies are so beautiful. It's sad that they don't live long though.

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  4. Seen quite a few around here growing up, but less and less now

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    1. That's sad, Pat. They're such lovely butterflies, I hate to think of them extinct.

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  5. That must be wild to see so many flying at once.

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    1. It is, Alex. I remember when I was still teaching, my class was outside at recess and we saw such a sight, high, high in the sky. Awesome.

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  6. Aren't they beautiful? We have two Monarch preserves nearby and this year we were so happy to see an increase in their numbers. They've been in decline for several years.

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    1. That's great, C. Lee. I hope more and more people and cities will start caring for them, mostly by planting Milkweed. Thanks for letting me know they're doing well in some areas.

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  7. Beautiful. I only see 1-3 at a time. I wish there were more butterflies in my area.

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    1. The Monarch is endangered, Medeia. I see very few these days. Hoping my milkweed seed sprout so that maybe the butterflies will find them and give them a place to lay their eggs.

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  8. Beautiful butterfly . They are gorgeous aren't they? So peaceful . Almost magical
    Just stopped by from the challenge to say hello

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    1. They are fascinating, Melissa. I can watch them all day. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Monarchs are beautiful. We have a lot of those in California.

    Scribbles From Jenn - Visiting from the A to Z Challenge

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    1. That's great, Scribbles. We have them mostly when they're passing through on their way to Mexico for the winter. Too cold for them to stay here. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. I think Monarchs are the most beautiful butterflies. I didn't know they laid their eggs on milkweeds. It would be so nice if you planted those for them - like giving them a free nursery! lol Have a great weekend! :)

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    1. So do I, Lexa. Yes, milkweed are the only plant they lay eggs on. Then the caterpillar eats the leaves until it turns into a butterfly. I hope my seeds sprout. They haven't yet, but it says about two weeks. Then I plant them outside when they're bigger. Umm, a free nursery. Works for me. You too.

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  11. Such beautiful photographs. With looking after my husband and writing books I have little time. But when we go away, I intend to take my camera and in the evenings do some watercolour painting. Loved the story of your family.

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    1. Thank you, Carole. Taking pictures is one of my favorite pasttimes. I carry my camera with me and if I see something I like, take its picture. Have fun with your camera and watercolor painting. That sounds lovely. I sent the butterfly pictures to our local newspaper and the editor thought a professional had taken them. That sure made me feel great. Have a nice weekend.

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  12. I love butterflies--so beautiful. But I had one land on my shoulder once while I was walking and those things have a grip that hurts. I felt something pinching my shoulder and looked over--butterfly!

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    1. Really? I didn't know that. Strong little insects. Will remember to be aware.

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