4 Monarchs on the Butterfly Bush

The monarch abundance peak for our latitude (41° N) according to monarchwatch.org is September 8 – 20. Perhaps the mild weather in late September and early October convinced these four monarchs to stay longer.  Wednesday, October 3, when I took this photo, the high temperature was 70° F.  Today, the forecast high is 57° F.

I hope these late traveling monarchs have journeyed far enough south in 5 days to avoid the cold front.  The one day travel distance record for a monarch is 265 miles.  This means that these four might already be 1,325 miles away.  As a point of reference, Atlanta, Georgia is a little more than 1,000 miles away from Hartford, Connecticut.    To learn more about monarch migration and report a monarch sighting, click here.

Fun fact: Monarchs east of the Mississippi migrate to forests in the mountains of Mexico, while monarchs west of the Mississippi migrate to forests along the California coast.


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Wife, mother of 2, worker bee - striving to balance roles and continually learn
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2 Responses to 4 Monarchs on the Butterfly Bush

  1. Momma G says:

    Of the three main colors of butterfly bush commonly sold, the butterflies around us in the woods definitely preferred the purple variety over any other color.

    • Beth says:

      We have a purple dwarf butterfly bush and this white one. The dwarf bush is low to the ground, and not visible from the kitchen window, so I can’t tell which has the most traffic. The white is literally buzzing with bees, wasps, and butterflies. I’m happy the former owner planted it.

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