TRR photos by Scott Rando

This monarch was caught by the camera in mid-flight after stopping for a rest as it checked out some goldenrod. This individual, like many others of its species, is on its way south to Mexico. Migration counts are still ongoing at hawk-counting sites, but the numbers are above average compared to the last three years.

Still time for fall butterflies

For those readers that have been following the monarch butterflies through the summer, you have probably been encouraged by the number of monarchs seen compared to the previous few years. In the August 16 issue, I did a River Talk column on the increase in monarch sightings, and that trend seems to have continued.

It’s fall, but there are still lots of butterflies around. Not only are the monarchs flying around and heading south, but many other species of butterflies are around as well. The mild weather is helping to keep flowers around a little longer. Check any flower garden or patch of wildflowers, goldenrod, etc., and you may well see some of these fall beauties.

 

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