Monarchs in Plano, Tx

    Two years ago we saw migrating Monarchs nectaring on these white flowers. We were so happy to see them again in the same place today! There were at least 300 on these bushes that grow along this creek bed. Mostly they were resting and nectaring as there was a south wind blowing about 20 mph. A cold front is headed this way, in about 4 days, with a north wind to push them on to Mexico where they are migrating for the winter. It’s always amazing to see them in such great numbers.

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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
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Monarch Butterflies Clustering in Roosts
Clustering in Roosts
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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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The Daffodils and Their Shining Faces

My daffodils make me smile everytime I look outside my kitchen windows. Spring is coming!

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“Daffodils” (1804)    By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

I wander’d lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the Milky Way,

They stretch’d in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay,

In such a jocund company:

I gazed — and gazed — but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.