My family and I were treated to the amazing view of Monarchs migrating through the Dallas/Ft. Worth area today in Plano, TX. We saw them nectaring on these white flowering bushes along a creek near our church which is about 15 minutesfrom my home. We watched them and took pictures with my iPhone for at least 10 minutes. About an hour and a half later, we returned to take some photos with my Sony camera. It was amazing! There were even more now on several white flowering bushes and a few on the ragweed that were blooming. Hopefully there will be another North wind to push them onto Mexico and their wintering grounds!
My Frostweed is in full bloom! So I was thinking just yesterday, why am I keeping this 8 foot flower(weed) growing in my yard? The flowers opened a couple of days ago and nothing was on it. I had just about decided even though I had been told that this flower is a butterfly(in particular Monarchs) magnet that it just wasn’t meant to be for me! Today I casually took a look and it was covered with all kinds of bees, flies, tiny flying bugs and a few small butterflies. So I started taking pictures and all of a sudden a Monarch appeared! I was so happy and got lots of pictures while it fed on the flowers. Hopefully this beautiful Monarch will be winging its way to Mexico tomorrow! Scroll to the bottom of this post to see the Monarch pics.
Here is some more info about Frostweed.
The last 2 weeks I have seen lots more butterfies in my yard and around town. I’ve seen a Monarch in my backyard on a Rose of Sharon. I’ve also seen a few more flying south to Mexico(I hope!) as I’ve been driving around in my city. I wish these pics were better, but as you know butterflies don’t stay still to have their pictures taken. :)
What can I say – I’ve been obsessed with capturing all of the stages of the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly. My Passion Flower Vine is right outside my kitchen window. There have been many of the females laying eggs. There have been quite a few caterpillars that I have then enjoyed watching munch the leaves. I was lucky enough to see one attached and morphing into a chrysalis! I’ve read that most of the time they crawl away and you don’t see the chrysalis’.
Well, as I was enjoying a cup of coffee and the cool this morning in my backyard, I was lucky enough to spy a butterfly that had just emerged and was drying by its chrysalis. It had crawled a good 25 feet from the Passion Flower Vine to attach itself to the wire! I saw its first flight and it landed on one of my Rose of Sharon plants and continued to dry. I hope you enjoy the following photos. All were taken in my Butterfly Garden.
This photo is from the Journey North website. Click on the link below the photo to read the latest news on monarch migration for fall 2014.