MONARCHS HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE! PLEASE REPORT YOUR MONARCH BUTTERFLY SIGHTINGS (EDITED)

Reports of Monarch Butterfly sightings are coming in from all around Cape Ann, and beyond. I have seen more this this year than in recent summers. I wonder if higher numbers in July indicates a stronger migration in September. We can hope!

At this time of year, the females are depositing the eggs of the next generation.  You can find Monarchs at wildflower meadows, dunes, and gardens, where ever milkweed and nectar-rich flora grow. Typically, the eggs and caterpillars are found on the undersides of the uppermost leaves.

If you would, please report any Monarch activity that you have seen–eggs, flight, caterpillars, nectaring, mating, whatever you discover. Please share the approximate date and place. Even if you have shared previously in a comment, I hope to keep all the sightings in one place, so please re-comment. Thank you! 

*EDIT:

Thank you everyone for writing! How exciting that so many are being spotted, many more than the past several years. One was in my garden this morning, again, and two at Good Harbor Beach dunes earlier this morning.

Adding JoeAnn Hart, Susan Burke and Michele Del, as they commented on Facebook.

Patti, do you have caterpillars?? I’d love to stop by and see.

Please keep your comments coming. Thank you!!!!

When watching, note that the first two minutes of the film were shot in Gloucester. I think you will be dazzled by the numbers of Monarchs that travel through Cape Ann’s backyards and meadows during the peak of migration.

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  • I live in Guilderland NY by the PIine Bush home if monarch buttrrflies surpried to hear they are there. I love going to Gloucester.

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  • Bayview, on a cluster of milkweed plants for about a week.

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  • I live on Rockholm Road in Annisquam, and I’ve had many more Monarchs this year, starting about three weeks ago.

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  • I got Milkweed babies from your program 3 years ago and didnt have high hopes. This year I really see they’ve taken hold, nothing like rain, right? I have 3 Monarchs so far sighted about a week ago, no eggs or cases. I flick off the earwigs, I dont trust them but they love to hide in the Milkweed, up to no good.Amazing that the Monarchs can find my isolated patch.

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  • I saw a few on Dennison Street this week.

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  • I saw two monarchs, seemingly together , in the butterfly garden at Pathways for Children in Gloucester on Wed 7/19

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  • We had one on Ledge Road last week, and one followed me down Grapevine this week.

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  • Kim-my stand of milkweed has really taken off this year also-The monarchs are there from early morning to about 1PM and then they come back sometimes in early evening-several at a time-I am so tickled to see them-I just wait in the middle of the milkweed and they just fly overhead-The bees-all sorts-are on the milkweed constantly also-Patti Papows

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  • Thank you everyone for writing! How exciting that so many are being spotted, many more than the past several years. One was in my garden this morning, again, and two at Good Harbor Beach dunes early this morning.

    Adding JoeAnn Hart, Susan Burke and Michele Del as they commented on Facebook.

    Patti, do you have caterpillars?? I’d love to stop by and see.

    Please keep your comments coming. Thank you!!!!

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  • I checked but you should come by-The milkweed are in all stages of bloom but there is one stand that they go to constantly-I was just out there staking them and the bees are so drunk on the nectar that they do not try to sting you-I decided to hand water them and refresh the water in the birdbath and all of a sudden they appeared again-Just come over whenever you want-Patti

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  • Monarchs have been on my cone flowers on Granite Street in Rockport during the past few days.

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  • We have had monarchs almost every day including today for weeks in Annisquam above Goose Cove. The milkweeds are in every garden, but today the monarchs are on the echinacea flowers. I have never seen this many here!

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  • Elizabeth Redmond

    One flew through my backyard on the marsh in Essex this evening.

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  • Looks like this is a very good for sign for this year like you mentioned also In podcast more milkweed and some years just are better than others the good thing is how the community is so involved!! Thanks Kim! Dave 🙂 & Kim 🙂

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  • We’ve had several visit our milkweed plants over the past two weeks. And I saw one floating along by The Lit House downtown. I would say that the milkweed plants you distributed a few years ago are really paying off!

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  • YAY! Egg sighting today (Sunday) … not many… I hope they survive. I hate that there are so many other things on the Milkweed.

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