Monarch PEAK Migration
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Date: 10/03/2023

Number: 20

Temperatures in the high 70s. Light breeze. I drive a trolley on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. While driving around the estate, I am always on the lookout for Monarchs. On two separate occasions in the last week, a single Monarch flew across the road in front of my trolley. There are several areas on the sides of roads and creeks that are filled with Asters and Goldenrod. I expected to see Monarchs in those areas but so far I haven't seen any. I heard there had been Monarchs in the Walled Garden on Monday so I went there late in the afternoon on Tuesday to see if they were still there. Yes, they were there. Within the walled garden, directly behind the conservatory, there were about 20 Monarchs on and around a single clump of asters and a butterfly bush. So far, that is the only place on the estate I have seen them. My husband and I drove on the Blue Ridge Parkway on Sunday, October 1st, stopping at every Overlook between Asheville and Balsam/hwy 74 exit. We did not see a single butterfly that entire day.

Asheville, NC

Latitude: 35.5 Longitude: -82.6

Observed by: Lisa
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