Headed back to the tip parking lot at Point Pelee National Park with my morning’s garbage collection when I spotted a Monarch flying directly towards me heading south down the west path near the “Dangerous Currents” sign at 10:15. It then veered to the interior of the tip and I lost sight of it. After a search I was unable to locate it and continued back to the car. As I got closer to the parking lot at 10:40, one (perhaps the same individual) came up from behind me and circled around me before landing in a meadow area. He sunned himself for quite some time, occasionally being disturbed by a solitary bee or fly. There was definitely something on the ground that was attracting these insects but I am unsure as to what. When I left the Monarch he was still in the same posture that you see in the photograph. Some Knapweed still in bloom in the area. Temperature on the readout of my dashboard when I returned to the car at 11:00 was 14°C. Beautiful clear blue sky and sunny. Wind was from the South between 18 and 23 kph in the time period from 10:00 until 11:00 according to the nearest Environment Canada reporting station at Harrow.
Beat my personal record from last year by one day for latest sighting.
(This is a poor quality photograph taken with my cellular telephone. I have a better one on the camera if need be.)
Point Pelee National Park, ON
Latitude: 41.9 Longitude: -82.5
Observed by: Laura
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