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Monarch Movement (love this time of the year)

Monarch Butterfly

Allegany State Park had many Monarch butterflies passing through the area today. I counted a good dozen while sitting in the truck today! Many more were observed following the roads moving in a southern direction!

Joe-Pye Weed Shadows
Monarch on Joe-Pye Weed

Mon@rch and its Milkweed
monarch on milkweed



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16 responses

  1. We’ve had a lot of swallowtails around here and then I tried to identify some sulphur’s.

    8 October 2009 at 8:27 pm

  2. They really are gorgeous!

    8 October 2009 at 8:57 pm

  3. LOB

    I saw several Monarchs on my way to the hairdresser today. They make me think of you. Love your posts!

    8 October 2009 at 9:28 pm

  4. Aren’t they just spectacular? Great captures Tom!

    9 October 2009 at 6:35 am

  5. Fabulous shots, Tom. I saw quite a few in September but not lately…

    9 October 2009 at 10:49 am

  6. I took some shots of them in my pasture a few weekends ago. They were everywhere, and I had a blast.

    9 October 2009 at 2:26 pm

  7. Beautiful monarchs. I love to see them in great numbers.

    9 October 2009 at 5:47 pm

  8. I’m from Amherst New York and have been to Allegheny many times it’s such a treasure we’ve also been to the museum in Rochester NY and had the privilege of the butterfly’s there it was amazing.

    I love your blog..

    Dorothy from grammology

    11 October 2009 at 10:41 pm

  9. I have always loved the Monarch! When they pile up in the trees out here in CA, it’s an awesome sight! Thank you for sharing your photos with us!

    12 October 2009 at 2:42 pm

  10. MObugs41

    Gorgeous photos. I’ve seen so few monarchs this year that I was beginning to wonder where they had all gone. I know that we’ve had unusually cool/ wet weather for several months. I am sure that has hurt them. I’ve also found several monarch chrysalis’ parasitized by some little parasitic wasp or fly. I’ve managed to release one successfully, and tagged it.

    12 October 2009 at 3:40 pm

  11. Saw my first monarch on Madeira. They are magic butterflies. I love their milkweek and migration habits. Makes them very special. Happy birthday. Tom!

    13 October 2009 at 3:12 am

  12. Hanging on to that last bit of red clover. Beautiful image.

    13 October 2009 at 6:40 am

  13. Marg

    These are gorgeous-I’ve barely seen any

    I hope I just wasn’t at the right place at the right time.

    13 October 2009 at 12:39 pm

  14. Wonderful shots Tom, I actually got a few butterfly shots for the first time in my life this summer !!

    14 October 2009 at 3:53 pm

  15. Grace

    I love the Monarch on Joe-Pye Weed photo.

    How did the park’s tagging project go this year?

    15 October 2009 at 10:23 pm

  16. I have been watching the Monarchs all season. Yesterday, before the rains came, I watched two, both males, nectar in the Butterfly Bush.
    They are beautiful.

    26 October 2009 at 9:49 am

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