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: