I saw 12 monarch flying south at Hampton Beach this morning in about an hour. However, to my great sadness, when I went to observe a large purple butterfly bush where dozens land to refuel all summer long, I saw it was cut down. There was a women outside that must have cut it down so she could reach a faucet with a hose to clean her window screens outside on the driveway. I saw several monarchs flying in searching for the butterfly bush that had disappeared. It is sad when ignorant people do stupid things like cut down flowers that are food for bees and butterflies. She could have easily reached around to attach the hose. Oh, well, the monarchs probably found more flowers. But this year had such a drought in New England, even my red dahilas have dried up and lost their blooming power. With the hurricanes coming up the east coast this year, the monarchs will have to hurry to get to Mexico in between all of the bad storms. Praying they make it from NH and Maine and Canada~
Latitude: 42.9 Longitude: -70.8
Observed by: Denise
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