Autumn Passage

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Yesterday evening during dinner on the porch I glimpsed what I thought could be a Monarch, so this morning I headed out to investigate. In the northwest corner of the garden this solitary butterfly was enjoying nectar from the few remaining Zinnias.

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and Zinnias

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and Zinnias

20 thoughts on “Autumn Passage

  1. Christina

    I would so love to go to Mexico and see the thousands, millions of butterflies all together there. Until a friend visited a few years ago I’d never heard of migrating butterflies.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yes, what an experience that would be. Just heard small-scale logging in Mexico continues to threaten the nesting sites of Monarchs and reduction of Milkweed plants in the U.S. means they are losing the plants on which they lay their eggs. We’ve lost so many since 1997–now only one-fifteenth as many butterflies as there were then. Shocking really.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      So they hang out in your area during the summer? They just seem to show up here in the fall. I need to plant more zinnias next year (and deadhead and water them too!).

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  2. bittster

    Great pictures, after a summer of maybe two sightings the monarchs must be moving through Pa on their way south. I saw a dozen scattered through the garden yesterday and a few still today. They’re so relaxing to watch as they float around lazily. I can’t imagine how they make it all the way to Mexico!
    Frank

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks–I enjoyed trying to photograph this Monarch.Such a pretty creature! I recommend zinnias-around here they grow easily and bloom all summer, lasting until frost.

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  3. Pauline

    Such a beautiful butterfly and super photos of it. Migrating time must be a wonderful event, I have seen it on TV, but would love to experience it myself, maybe one day!

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  4. David Marsden

    Ooh. I should like to see one of them. The longer I garden, the more I am impressed, drawn-to, fascinated and generally gobsmacked by the creatures that visit ‘my’ gardens. Dave

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  5. P&B

    I’ve seen only a couple of Monarchs this year despite letting the Milkweed grew. Hopefully this one in your garden makes it down to Mexico safely.

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