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.

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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.

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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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