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Its has been 206 days since. . . .

Monarch

. . . . I have seen a Monarch Butterfly.  While walking around Red House Lake here in Allegany State Park this evening, I observed my very first Monarch for 2007! It is so hard to believe that it was over 6 months ago when these wonderful butterflies were migrating south to winter in California and Mexico. Their offspring continue their cycle and now moving back north again! I would assume the one I saw was a female and probably laying numerous eggs while moving north. Shouldn’t be too long before they become very common and they begin their movements south again.

When you find your first monarch butterfly, make sure you report it on Journey North’s website at: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/

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14 responses

  1. Yay! Glad that the monarchs are back at ASP! I should see one real soon here, too! I saw a yellow swallowtail this week. It’s so nice to see the butterflies coming back!! 🙂

    24 May 2007 at 8:53 pm

  2. I did not know there was a place to report seeing monarchs. And I am very glad that Mon@rch got to see a monarch!

    24 May 2007 at 9:03 pm

  3. I haven’t seen one yet this year-I know I’ve seen E. Swallowtails-Do they come first usually?

    24 May 2007 at 9:32 pm

  4. I haven’t seen much for butterflies here but I’ll keep my eyes open!

    25 May 2007 at 1:32 am

  5. I saw my first Monarch last Saturday while turkey hunting here in SE MN. I thought it was early for us. I used your link to Journey North to report my sighting. Thanks for providing this link.

    25 May 2007 at 8:10 am

  6. Well, now it’s officially 2007 – Monarch has seen his namesake.

    25 May 2007 at 11:13 am

  7. The monarch tracking site is neat! I tend to take them for granted a little, I guess, since they winter at several nearby sites in Santa Cruz & Pacific Grove. That’s a stunning photo, by the way!

    25 May 2007 at 12:58 pm

  8. I’ll be looking! Glad you spotted one – CHECK!

    25 May 2007 at 9:38 pm

  9. Okay, next winter, I’m going out to Natural Bridges State Park to take pics of the Monarchs wintering here for you, Tom!

    25 May 2007 at 10:14 pm

  10. @ Naturewoman – I have yet to see my first swallowtail, sure hope maybe tomorrow!
    @ KGMom – with the internet you can report everything!
    @ Larry – All depends on weather when I see my first Monarch! They are around this time that I see my first!
    @ Lynne – This should be a good year for them in my area, well hope so!
    @ Ruthie – Glad you reported it and they are moving through! Looks like others have seen them in my area before mine!
    @ Marty – LOL, one say I should post how I got this name! LOL
    @ Adam – Thanks and then I can probably say the same thing about some of my birds!
    @ Mary – thanks and do look!
    @ Liza – please do, that would be fun to see!

    25 May 2007 at 10:46 pm

  11. Doris Stifle is our local monarch butterfly expert. She carried my photo of the earliest monarch recorded in our area (back in the 80’s) in her Peterson’s Field Guide and waved it in front of my nose every Spring when we ended up birding together. She’s 82 now and I didn’t see her birding this Spring, but I have seen my first monarch :0) CHECK.

    25 May 2007 at 11:05 pm

  12. Surpised you’ve seen one so soon – lucky you!

    25 May 2007 at 11:24 pm

  13. I will keep my eyes open for the Monarchs. I am hoping I can go to Mexico next winter to see their wintering area.

    26 May 2007 at 11:52 am

  14. Marg

    I’ve been looking-I’ve seen others but not a Monarch yet-glad you did though 😀

    27 May 2007 at 9:27 pm

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