Sunday, September 19, 2010
The Monarch migration is in full swing here in NW Missouri. While out geocaching with my kids this afternoon we found a field of goldenrod that was full of nectaring Monarchs. There were hundreds of them everywhere you looked. It was such an incredible sight. Knowing that these beauties are making such an arduous journey, makes them that much more special.
Many of the plants had 5 or more monarchs together. Walking out among them as the fluttered up in front of me was an incredible experience...to say I was in awe is an understatement.
I've been seeing numerous Monarchs as they head south, crossing roadways and highways...I'm sure many of these meet an untimely death, as they are hit by passing cars. I find myself playing a little game of dodge the monarch. My daughter asked me just today "Mom, did you SERIOUSLY just slow down to avoid that butterfly?" Can't help it, reflex I told her. If I can safely avoid killing them, why not do it?