We counted 70 adult monarchs going south down the beach in 5 hours (From 1pm-6pm) in a .3 mile stretch on Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on 10/30/2020.There were probably a lot more but those are the ones I counted coming off the ocean when I looked up from my beach chair or the ones that passed me as I walked the beach.
Last year we didn’t see many monarchs - just gulf fritillaries and yellow sulfurs. This year I mentioned the lack of monarchs again to a lady sitting on the beach…. She said oh, the monarchs were all in her marsh 4 miles up the beach. The next day was very windy but the day after that was warm/sunny …and is when all the monarchs finally went by (so she was probably right that they were resting in a marsh 4 miles north.)
Myrtle Beach, SC
Latitude: 33.7 Longitude: -78.8
Observed by: Susan
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