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A trip not taken #2

By handlerstudio  

Our trip to Maine two years ago was just about exactly this time of the month of July. At our friend's house in Tenant Harbor, there was a wonderful flower garden....and the butterflies all knew it. And among them was "flock" (there was a discussion the other day of what a flock, herd, pod....of butterflies is or might be called...) of the most wondrous of all butterflies, and indeed one of the most wondrous animals on earth, the North American Monarch Butterfly.....which migrates from NE United States and Eastern Canada to one valley in the mountains of Mexico for the winter, semi-hibernating, then leave north in the spring, mate, lay eggs and die. They live about 3/4 of a year...their offspring, and two more generations migrate north and east, with their caterpillars living on milkweed leaves (those not killed by Roundup) on the edges of fields, with the third generation migrating back to a valley they have never been to in Mexico, and repeating the cycle. I have heard that they migrate by sensing magnetic fields. When we sail on the Chesapeake Bay in September, we see them migrating west across the Chester River and the Chesapeake Bay...a distance of 5-8 miles, generally in to the wind. We see them as singles, or a few flying more or less together. They flutter up, glide down, flutter up.....glide down...seemingly they conserve energy that way. Their numbers are dropping precipitously, likely due to the use of Roundup (thank you Monsanto). They are truly among the great wonders and miracles of nature.


Tags: Close-up and macro Miracles Monarch butterfly Maine Migration

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taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
23 Jul 2020 2:05AM
Lots of good text and lovely images!
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
23 Jul 2020 2:17AM
Very interesting read. A lovely set of images.
23 Jul 2020 4:11AM
A very beautiful set. Peter. Plus a good write-up.
Alfie_P Plus
13 927 2 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2020 8:18AM
A wonderful set of images Peter 😊

johnsd Plus
14 4 2 Scotland
23 Jul 2020 10:04AM
A superb series of images of a beautiful butterfly. Nicely done !
Fefe Plus
9 57 36 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2020 10:10AM
Lovely set, V7 my fave!
dales Plus
5 11 Australia
23 Jul 2020 11:53AM
Such beautiful creatures Peter , fabulous set !
gconant Plus
10 31 1 United States
23 Jul 2020 12:39PM
You're right Peter.
The Monarch is one of the most wondrous animals on earth.
Also critically endangered.
A beautiful capture.

23 Jul 2020 6:45PM
A great set of images
24 Jul 2020 3:19AM
Wonderful set of captures well done. Great set well done Peter.
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2020 8:25AM
beautiful and wonderful narrative to accompany this great shot
24 Jul 2020 9:32PM
Great detailed set and a very interesting introduction.

johnke Plus
8 227 16 England
25 Jul 2020 4:35AM
A wonderful set Peter, all good to see the relevant information. Thank you for sharing and taking the time and trouble to enlighten us...John
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2020 5:24AM
Beautifully done, great set and content Peter...
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