Monarch Adult Sighted
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Date: 10/26/2023

Number: 1

Sorry for the late reporting of this.

15:20 Stopped next to the mostly Red Clover and Alfalfa field just west of Myers Road on the north side of Lions Club Drive that I have been monitoring periodically this autumn. Got out my binoculars because I noticed that there were some Sulfurs so I figured it was a good day for butterflies. Spotted this individual nectaring with purpose on multiple flowers. Noticed that it was choosing flowers lower down out of the wind. Took a few minutes to get this photograph as I had to wait for it to move from one flower to another. It was virtually undetectable until it changed flowers. Overcast, 20°C, wind SSW 24 km/h with gusts up to 36 km/h, humidity 66%, dewpoint 13°C, barometric pressure 101. 7 kPa and falling. Overcast. Observations with binoculars and camera.
Hope it makes it to Mexico.

I want to make a shout out to the landowner that tends this field. I was fortunate to speak with her. Normally, this field would have been cut but they didn’t get around to it. Very fortunate for the Monarchs that they had this food source to fuel their journey when so many other nectar sources around here are being needlessly mowed down.

N.B. Timestamp on photograph is off by an hour.

Belle River, ON

Latitude: 42.3 Longitude: -82.7

Observed by: Laura
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