They’re bulking up on autumn-blooming rich nectar sources for the remainder of their migration and the long winter ahead!
Sometimes, they rest.
Always, they’re beautiful!
Monarch butterflies, Danaus plexippus are in the process of one of the longest insect migrations in the world. Click on this link for information about the Monarch and a “Journey North” map which shows the spring migration northward from Mexico. Currently, the southbound migration from Canada to Mexico is underway. The major routes of the Monarch converge in Texas and it’s imperative that they have plenty of nectar sources to feed on for migration and preparation for overwintering in Mexico. Much has been made of the importance of milkweed for Monarch survival because it’s the host plant for this insect. Monarchs having adequate milkweed to lay their eggs on and to nourish the larvae in spring and summer is vital for their survival, but for the fall migration back to Mexico, nectar plants (of all kinds, but native flowers are the best) are required to sustain the health of the adults who will over-winter in Mexico.
Monarchs are in my back garden,
…and front garden too!
Travel well, remarkable ones, and have a safe winter in Mexico. Come back soon–maybe next March??