Santa Cruz Butterflies (Monarchs) are back!
For those who live in santa cruz, or near, the monarch butterflies are back...more then I have seen in past years!
These were taken at Lighthouse Field (we have 2 groves, here and Natural Bridges)
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#2. "RE: Santa Cruz Butterflies (Monarchs) are back!" | In response to Reply # 1
What a wonderful sight. Here in the UK, the extremely wet summer this past year meant that we saw very few butterflies; our buddleia in the garden usually plays host to a number of species. Never seen anything like that swarm in your photos though. Thanks for sharing.
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#4. "RE: Santa Cruz Butterflies (Monarchs) are back!" | In response to Reply # 0
We had an unusual year here in Alberta, with many many Monarch Butterfly records, whereas a normal year we would have few to none. Great to see!
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#5. "RE: Santa Cruz Butterflies (Monarchs) are back!" | In response to Reply # 4
I live in Oklahoma, and last year was poor for butterflies. We are in a 3 year drought, and I believe the few hummingbirds and butterflies are related to a decrease in wildflowers. Texas, Kansas for sure is in drought, who knows where else in the states but I do know the corn belt up north was hit hard, too.
Maybe that's why Alberta got more than your usual number. Slim pickings here, so they just kept moving north!