Posted tagged ‘monarch butterfly’

Holding On Through The Storm (Monarch)

September 10, 2012

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Above is a photograph of a Monarch Butterfly right after an intense storm   The butterfly clung to this stem through the rain and actually late into the night.  (I checked.)

The next morning he’d dropped to a lower place on the stem, and then to the ground, slowly flapping his wings dry.  (As shown on the video below.)  Later, I saw him flying around a field, stopping for long breaks.  (The videos I have in the field appear to be the long breaks, so won’t bore you with those.)

His doggedness was amazing.

Monarch of the Road

July 2, 2011

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I’ve had an inordinately large number of close encounters with monarch butterflies this summer. This has been in upstate New York, not New York City (not really butterfly territory.)

Sometimes they are just fluttering around in beautifully typical tipsy fashion, but frequently, I’ve happened upon them (sometimes one, sometimes three or four) in an absolutely stationary pose–on the ground, or road, in the corner of a porch, even on a flower. My mind generally jumps to worst case scenarios–that they are dead, injured, sick, and that it is some irreversible effect of global warming.

Then, later, they will sometimes slowly flit away, and I’ll wonder whether they were just resting after all, and whether this is just some facet of butterfly behavior I’ve never paid much attention to before.

I’m not sure if this will happen in the case of the very determined fellow below, whose wing looks genuinely injured. Shortly after making this video, I saw one fluttering down the road, and I ran back to the place I’d last filmed this guy, hoping not to find him. Alas, he was still there, clinging to the tall grass.