Monarch Frenzy


Frenzy is the only word I can use to describe what I have been seeing here in Madison Indiana when it comes to Monarch behavior the last couple evenings. And I think this is as close as I may ever come to witnessing a full fledged Monarch roost as I may ever come to see as well.

I work at King’s Daughters’ Health a hospital based in Southern Indiana near Madison. The hospital sits on twenty two acres of land that right now is covered in Goldenrod and White Aster. We are also right in the middle of the annual Monarch migration and with this years brood of butterflies being one of the best, some say in the last twenty years, it has definitely made for a frenzy of activity right at my own workplace!

The last two nights I have observed hundreds of these beautiful creatures and they have been so accommodating to my presence that I have been able to capture many images of these majestic little jewels, probably more than in any other year of photographing them, all in two evenings!

I don’t know how long this will last the weather tonight turned windy and wet and while leaving work I did not see nearly as many gliding over the fields like I had seen in the last couple days. Hopefully the weather will settle and maybe if I am lucky I will get a couple more shots at this amazing spectacle before they continue on their migration south to central Mexico.

There are many times in life’s journey you come across times that make such an impression on you that you carry them with you the rest of your life and I believe this may be one of those times. Some people may scoff at this but when you spend as much time as I have pursuing these and all other butterflies the last few years it’s these times that make it all worth while!

Hope you enjoy the images and maybe someday you will be able to witness a moment like this as well!

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14 thoughts on “Monarch Frenzy

  1. That is really awesome to be able to witness that amount of beauty, great pictues and post. I have only seen a couple of monarchs all year and they never seem to land where I can get a picture.

  2. Lovely images of these beautiful butterflies! Have seen very few this year, don’t know why, there are usually many around and it’s great to have the opportunity to photograph them. Lucky you!! …while I search for other kind of insects to catch with my camera🐝

  3. Beautiful captures. I love the goldenrod contrast. I’ve seen one monarch this week fly over our bee-filled ivy, but not land. In past years there are hundreds showing up right about now. My front yard is set up with monarch-friendly plants.

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