EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are a returning reader you can skip this introductory piece 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.
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.
We had a mid-day rain storm that I feared might negatively effect the possibility of seeing some of our multi-colored fiends, but there was a positive up tick in our number yesterday.
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.
Today’s Monarch Fact of the Day
This is a link to how some of the environmental protections undergoing change could negatively effect the Monarch Butterfly population in the United States it is from the Oregonian website. Monarch butterflies in crisis as US protections shrink
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.
The Milkweed I Bought Will Be Planted Today
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. Yesterday morning I purchased the one of the half-dozen in stock at Lowes and expect to get it planted today. My hope is the Zinnias I still have in bloom along with the Sunflowers and butterfly bushes will give the Milkweed time to acclimate to it’s new environment.
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.