Monarch Flakes

Click the photo to view larger and you will see the little Monarch flakes heading into the cherry tree. The clustering Monarchs were well-camoflouged by the autumn foliage nonetheless, their silhouettes are clearly visible in the setting sun.

Another passel of Monarchs poured onto the Point last Thursday at dusk, carried in by the warm southerly breeze. Overnight the wind shifted, coming in from the northeast, and by day break Friday morning, the Monarchs had flown from the trees, carried to shores further south by the blustery tailwind.

About Kim Smith

Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester's Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- kimsmithdesigns.wordpress.com. Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor. Author/illustrator "Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden"
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4 Responses to Monarch Flakes

  1. Nice! Aren’t they supposed to be off to Mexico?

  2. Ann Kennedy says:

    Very beautiful! I’ve been hoping to encounter some monarchs on my explorations and have been following your wonderful posts, learning so much.

    • Kim Smith says:

      Thank you Father Green, Paul, and Ann.

      The Monarchs are en route, arriving to Gloucester in batches. They are carried in on the northeast tailwind and stay and nectar, building their lipid reserves, until carried onto their next destination. They cannot fly very well into a headwind. If the wind shifts from the south or west while they are here, then we have the pleasure of a longer visit.

      The coastal Monarchs are usually next transported to the Westport, Massachusetts region, then onto Cape May, before being funneled between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. I say carried or transported because when you think about it, unlike birds, the butterflies could not possibly flap their delicate wings all the way to Mexico and can only travel via tailwinds

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