Minnesota Farmer

Monarchs gather
September 4, 2014, 9:59 am
Filed under: Farm, Wildlife | Tags: , , , ,

It’s a rare event to see a gathering of Monarch Butterflies.  Even more rare out here on the prairie where life is so precarious for them.


The weather conditions must be just right, and you need to be in the right place to see them.  It’s so rare that I have only seen it once before in my 60 plus years.  In other areas you may see millions of butterflies, I’m content to see just a few dozen.  These butterflies were hiding out on the north side of the grove with a stiff south wind knocking them down.  There must have been other insects there because the barn swallows were also swarming the area picking up a meal.


Getting them to sit still for a photo is also difficult.  Still, there they were, flitting around the north side of the grove, gathering for their trip south.  I wish them good luck on their long trip south.


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