They’ve arrived, big time!

It’s fun contemplating that some of “our” Monarchs who passed through Gooseberry and similar locations in the past few weeks are now in Mexico at their winter retreat. Take a look at this picture – and when you do  keep in mind each butterfly you see is just a few inches across – that means they have to be darned close to you to show up in the picture at all – so I have afeeling there are thousand more just outside of camera range and the idea that “millions” are arriving in Mexico now is no exaggeration.

The picture is here.

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They come from all over the country, of course, but I like to try to imagine these beautiful and delicate creatures making the flight from where I see them on Gooseberry Island to the butterfly sanctuary in Mexico where they spend the winter. (Click image for larger version. Modified Google map.)

More details on the migration can be found here.

For Monarchs on Gooseberry see this entry.

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