Great weekend with monarchs! At least l0 during the brief times I was outside. Both days mostly sunny. Overnights have been cooler 19/20°c. Males (1 faded) patrolling & nectaring, at least 3 different females (fresh & 1 had a tear in wing) ovipositing mostly on Common, a bit on Swamp & Sullivants. All were enjoying different flowers, common & swamp, butterfly bush, zinnias & cone. Had a Mourning Cloak butterfly that stayed for hours on butterfly bush & a quick sip on cone. Numerous other species of butterflies all flitting about after the days of rains finally ceased. Rainiest July ever! Normally humid and extremely dry with needing to water flowers/grass/pastures. NOT this July!
27-30°c over the weekend with high humidity 76%. Light nw wind Sat changed to strong SW wind on Sunday.
Around 8/8:30pm each day I've observed a monarch arrive from the north, while contininuing south through our yard they very quickly flew over bareky briefly checking out flowers below & very quickly continued directional flight south toward Point Pelee National Park which is seen from my backyard.
At Point Pelee the shuttle driver observed 4 or more monarchs attempt to fly out south over the lake but returned.
Lots of photos here-
Latitude: 42 Longitude: -82.5
Observed by: Darlene
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