Monarchs Migrating Through North TX!

 

This female Monarch spent at least 90 minutes nectaring on my Frostweed and resting on my Oak Tree this morning!

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Fall Migration is Underway for Monarchs


I haven’t seen any Monarchs yet in Allen, TX, but my Frostweed is just beginning to bloom. I’m hoping that will attract a few that will be migrating through to Mexico! It’s supposed to be one of their favorite nectaring plants.

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Fall Migration is Underway!
August 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Howard
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Sightings of southbound monarchs, intense nectaring, and the first overnight roosts are being reported.

Monarch Butterfly in Iowa
Amy Evoniuk

At this time of year, monarchs change dramatically in physiology and in behavior.Responding to Daylength
Declining day length is the central cue that triggers the monarch’s migratory state. In the northern breeding range photoperiod is falling by 20 minutes this week. This sends the signal that it’s time to go to Mexico.Becoming Migratory
Watch for signs of migratory monarchs:

  • flying in directional flight
  • clustering in overnight roosts
  • nectaring intensely

Emerging in Diapause
Beginning in mid-August in the north, adults are in diapause when they emerge from the chrysalis. They are full grown — but not reproductively mature. Their reproductive development is on pause. These monarchs will not complete development and begin to mate until next spring in Mexico.

Beginning a Long Life
The same hormone deficiency that leads to diapause also leads to increased longevity. Summer monarchs live only 2-6 weeks; migratory monarchs live up to 8 months.

Accumulating Fat
Monarchs are shifting focus now from breeding to intense feeding. They must build body fat to fuel migration and to survive the winter in Mexico.

Welcome!
Fall migration 2016 is underway. Please share your sightings and help tell the story of the monarch’s long journey to Mexico.

Signs of Migration
Migratory monarch butterfly flying in directional flight
Directional Flight
Elizabeth Howard
Monarch Butterflies Clustering in Roosts
Clustering in Roosts
Darlene Burgess
Monarch Butterflies
Intense Nectaring
Amy Evoniuk
Fall Migration: What to Report
When you see a monarch—nectaring, flying, roosting, or breeding—we want to know about it.

 

How you can help Monarch Butterflies at Sanctuary in Mexico
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What to Report to Track Fall Migration Monarch Butterfly: Adult Sighted Monarch Butterfly: Egg or Larva Sighted
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Monarch Butterfly Migration Map: Fall Roosts, Fall 2016 Monarch Butterfly Migration Map: Peak Migration Fall 2016 Monarch Butterfly Migration Journal
Fall Roosts
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Peak Migration
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Success – A Monarch on my Frostweed!

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.

http://npsot.org/wp/story/2011/1806/

Frostweed - 8 ft tall

Frostweed and Friends

Frostweed, butterfly, bee

Frostweed&Butterflies

Monarch - closed wing

Frostweed and Monarch and other butterflies

Frostweed and Monarch and other butterflies

Monarch 2014

Monarch with Frostweed 2014

Monarch with Frostweed 2014