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Male Monarch

Posted on Oct 15, 2015

This male Monarch butterfly certainly looked like it was in bad shape while it fed on this goldenrod a few days ago with a sizable portion of its wing missing. Despite its tattered and worn appearance it was still flying well, though I do not think this will be one of the individuals that makes it to Mexico. If you are passing through the Northeast in mid-October you are already late, and this sort of condition will not make the long trip any easier or faster. Nevertheless, good luck little guy.

Tattered Male Monarch SFP-1658

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator