Butterflies start to flutter by

Butterfly 2My two-shrub settlement’s worth of Monarch caterpillars have started to emerge as wonderfully gaudy Monarch Butterflies.

These late-season Monarchs will probably seek an overwintering place rather than breed now – and so live three times as long as their summer-born sibs.

If this was North America, they’d be flying thousands of kilometers to Mexico for the great (if threatened) butterfly migration, as in this dazzling footage.  My internet research suggests that these will probably go no more than 20 kilometers to find a sheltered conifer tree.  Even that seems a long journey for something as wind-tossable as a butterfly!

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