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Santa Cruz Butterflies (Monarchs) are back!

kamputty

Santa Cruz, US
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kamputty Registered since 04th Jan 2007
Sun 27-Jan-13 10:19 PM

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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meadowlark2

Lethbridge, CA
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#1. "RE: Santa Cruz Butterflies (Monarchs) are back!" | In response to Reply # 0

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Mon 28-Jan-13 05:21 PM

What an amazing phenomenon to witness. Thanks for the pictures!

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Zareeba

Stockton-on-Tees, UK
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Zareeba Gold Member Nikonian since 08th Apr 2008
Tue 29-Jan-13 05:19 PM

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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Richcower

US
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#3. "RE: Santa Cruz Butterflies (Monarchs) are back!" | In response to Reply # 0

Richcower Registered since 22nd Jan 2013
Wed 30-Jan-13 04:05 PM

What an amazing feat of nature. Thanks for sharing those photos.

KnightPhoto

Alberta, CA
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KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Mon 04-Feb-13 01:02 AM

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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Betty L

Oklahoma City, US
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#5. "RE: Santa Cruz Butterflies (Monarchs) are back!" | In response to Reply # 4

Betty L Registered since 27th Aug 2012
Thu 07-Feb-13 03:08 AM


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!

Betty

kamputty

Santa Cruz, US
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kamputty Registered since 04th Jan 2007
Sat 09-Feb-13 09:34 PM

They're nearly gone!

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