Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Camera Critters / The Mighty Monarchs
Be sure to click on images to enlarge for greater detail.
Pismo Beach, California hosts the largest Monarch Butterfly Colony in the U.S. We walked around this grove yesterday and were amazed by the numbers of butterflies bunched in clusters on mostly the Eucalyptus trees. The greatest numbers will be in the grove by mid-December and into January. They will leave to fly north by late February. Monarchs from eastern Canada and U.S. never cross the Rocky Mountains and will fly to groves near Mexico City for the winter.
The last photo shows that some get quite beat up in their journey.
Click on the sign to see the numbers over the years. They vary according to how much rain the area receives. They depend on milkweed. If milkweed doesn't flourish then the butterflies can't survive.
This is something I have wanted to see for so long! I could have watched them for hours. They became more active as the sun got brighter in the morning. What a beautiful sight it is...