How Many Monarchs Did I See Yesterday? – August 22, 2019

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Source: National Geographic Kids

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are a returning reader you can skip this introductory piiuiece and jump to the HMBY Number. I will leave this here for the first 7-10 days for new people to understand what is happening. Welcome or welcome back whatever the case may be.

I can remember even today, 45 years past my first experience learning about the life cycle of a butterfly thinking it was so cool! But I believe it was my dad that brought my attention to the inspirational migration of these exquisite creatures from South America to North America in the Spring and the reverse in the fall. Below is a map of their known migration routes, the arrow on the far right being the closest to my region of the U.S.A.

monarch migration

Since we have plenty of annuals and perennials that have been enjoying other butterfly traffic for a few weeks I believe I might be able to entertain a healthy population of this Rock Star of the butterfly world myself. Thus this idea: How Many Monarch Butterflies Did I See Yesterday. From this point forward I will use this acronym HMBY so I don’t go crazy typing the eight words.

I plan to create a space below this point to put a gigantic number to signify the number I see the previous day as I enjoy the summer blooms. If you are a Monarch watcher I invite you to join in and link back to here.

HMBY

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Due to my work schedule and my still nagging jet lag following the Central American mission trip I was not in a position to do a specific time check myself although my college senior daughter was in the patch with my wife for a last minute photo session before returning to school , so she was able to eye a trio of our friends.

I plan to introduce a color coded system to note when the number is higher or lower. I made it red today just so it stands out in this post.

SHOW ME THE DATA

Okay, so here is the beginning of the good stuff. Below in the chart you will see the graphical trend of how many Monarch butterflies are visiting our flower fields.

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Today’s Monarch Fact of the Day – Monarch Life Cycle

The monarch butterfly or simply monarch is a milkweed butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Other common names depending on region include milkweed, common tiger, wanderer, and black veined brown. It may be the most familiar North American butterfly, and is considered an iconic pollinator species. Wikipedia
Scientific name: Danaus plexippus
Order: Lepidoptera
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Did you know: The chrysalis splits open along several joints, and the monarch butterfly carefully emerges. cityofpacificgrove.org

Do You Know a Daily Monarch Fact

Because I enjoy learning new information all the time I will include a daily fact every time I make an update. If you have any facts you want to contribute please do.

A New Plant Is on my Radar

Through my rapidly expanding knowledge base of the Monarch I learned the Milkweed plant is where the Monarch will lay its egg and complete its process to butterfly. I saw some of these in my local Lowes when I got stuck there during a long summer rainstorm on Tuesday.

The Monarch Photo of the Day

Again, if you are a Monarch Watcher and would like to join in this fun endeavor please do and link to the daily posts.

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