Monarch Adult Sighted

Date: 10/21/2023

Number: 1

Two brief sightings that didn't allow time for a photo.

1) When I opened the door around 9 AM, a monarch flew off of a (real) orange pumpkin next to the door. What a photo that would've been!

2) Around 4:30 PM, a monarch landed on tall goldenrod. Almost immediately, a carpenter bee landed right next to the monarch, and the monarch flew off to a different stalk. But it only stayed there a second or two before flying off altogether.

It was sunny and 73 degrees Fahrenheit, but it was very breezy again. On breezy days, butterflies and bees largely stay out of sight. When the winds calm down like they did the other day, they're out and all over the native fall flowers.

The last two falls have been unusually breezy. It's actually affecting my ability to take good insect photos. I'm concerned this is because of a less stable jet stream due to global heating and will be an ongoing new challenge. :(

Woodstock, GA

Latitude: 34.1 Longitude: -84.4

Observed by: Pam
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