Reflecting on the “Butterflies of Passage”
Posted by on August 28, 2014

“I tried to compress my being into the butterfly’s poppyseed brain and imagine what it was like to be clinging to a leaf in the dark, with a hundred miles to fly against wind.” — Robert Michael Pyle, from Chasing Monarchs: Migrating with the Butterflies of Passage.

Photo credit: William Warby, Flickr

The eastern monarch butterfly will soon hit the peak of its winter migration. The butterfly’s population, however, has declined significantly from a high of about a billion to an estimated 33 million that survived their journey to central Mexico last winter. Monarchs born in the north after mid-August will be the first members of the migratory generation. We hope their numbers are higher than last year’s.

It was a tiny, encouraging sign to see these butterflies flutter across my yard and in the nearby preserve over the past few days.

Have you seen the monarchs in your neighborhood?

-Post by Roger

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