How Many Monarchs Did I See Yesterday? – August 24, 2019

Source: National Geographic Kids

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.

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.



On my first HMBY check I walked all the way through the 400 foot sunflower/Zinnia patch with no joy and even passed by the twin butterfly bushes and began to envision an empty check. Then suddenly on the wind was HMBY number 1.

I was able to make three HMBY checks today as I am working remote today, so more opportunities mean better information as data.

Finally the color-coded system:



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

Here is an article that talks about the impact a Milkweed planting can have on your Monarch watching: This is from the Pioneer Press  at

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 Monarch Photo of the Day

I am still learning in my photography, but burst mode on my Android allowed me to get plenty of good HMBY shots for the coming day’s posts just in case our guests of honor remain elusive.

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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