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Resting Monarch

Posted on Oct 20, 2014

This Monarch butterfly was content to take a rest out of the wind for a while. Part of what must make a Monarch’s migration so difficult is that autumn days with warm temperatures are often those that feature a strong southerly flow – precisely the opposite of the direction they’d like. Finding sunny and warm days with a tailwind out of the north is not easy in September or October, especially in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region with lake effect clouds and precipitation even under high pressure. This is before we mention the cool temperatures associated with those cooperative winds and the frosts and freezes that took place already. It’s all about timing and some degree of good luck…but this bug’s life is never easy.

Monarch butterfly Stratford Point RTPI-0286