A field at 31.470301684424065, -84.37641941845489 within the Chickasawhatchee WMA near Albany, Dougherty County, Georgia, has been documented as an inland Monarch and Queen overwintering site for the past two cold seasons (50 Monarchs counted by this observer and GA DNR on 02/10/22). This has been the subject of more than 40 previous Journey North Reports.
Location is in the southwest corner of Dougherty County, and approximately 10 miles southwest of Albany, Georgia.
Straight-line distance to Atlantic Coast: 178 miles.
Straight-line distance to Gulf Coast: 98 miles.
On this date there were only two (2) adult Monarch butterflies at the above described overwintering site. As in previous seasons, they were nectaring on Raphanus raphanistrum, also known as wild radish, white charlock or jointed charlock, a flowering plant in the family Brassicaceae.
I also photographed 19 species of butterflies at or near the overwintering site. These photos will be posted to iNaturalist and to my Flickr site within the coming days. The photo for this report includes a Gulf Fritillary flying near the Monarch which was nectaring on the wild radish.
Monarch Overwintering Site Album (includes photos of the overwintering field shot this date and at other times of the year):
Chickasawhatchee WMA Album:
Roy Cohutta Brown
Journey North Reports:
Latitude: 31.5 Longitude: -84.4
Observed by: Roy
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