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Date: 09/09/2019

I briefly noted a Monarch butterfly crossing Benner Pike (east to west at about 6 feet above the roadway) as I turned into our local Dunkin’ Donut.

As I was leaving the store, two more Monarch butterflies flew by (also going east to west at about 20 feet above the parking lot and then on across the adjoining field to the west).

And as I started out the exit from the Dunkin’ Donuts another Monarch butterfly when flitting by, apparently not in any great hurry, heading north, flying about 4 feet above the plants in the adjoining field north of the parking lot.

When I occasionally watch Monarch butterflies, it is usually one, rarely two. To see four in a brief span of time (i.e., roughly Noon to 12:20 PM) at the same general location was a pleasant surprise.  Certainly not a mass migration, but at least three of the four seemed to be clearly on their way to Mexico.

At the time, we had partly cloudy skies with:

  • Temperature:     76°F
  • Dewpoint:     64°F
  • Humidity:     68%
  • Air Pressure:     28.9 inches
  • Wind from the SW at about 10 mph

                    -  Tim

Bellefonte, PA

Latitude: 40.9 Longitude: -77.8

Observed by: R. Timothy
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