This may be the last one for this year but hopefully not forever.
The Monarch is definitely in trouble. With all the problems because of their low population numbers still trying to rebound and habitat loss all along their range, these beautiful animals have a hard road ahead and we may be their only hope.
Plant Milkweed, stop over mowing and discontinuing the use of dangerous herbicides will help bring back their numbers. All of these actions are attainable and will make a difference in their population as well as making a better life for all wildlife.
The Monarchs are now in full migration along the northern tier of the United States, I have seen incredible images of monarch roosts from Kankakee Sands in northwest Indiana . Maybe this year I will finally find that roost where thousands of these amazing creatures stay and feed together for a few days.
Even though the migration hasn’t reached our area there are many monarchs that are now emerging from their Chrysalis and will be joining their fellow butterflies on their journey to the mountains of central Mexico.
I captured these image tonight at KDH Health. there must have been fifty flying around the fields just waiting for their time to leave. The grounds here at the Hospital I work at are covered in Goldenrod and it is just about at peak bloom. Goldenrod is one of the most important nectar sources for the monarch as they travel south.
So now is the time to get outdoors and enjoy the sights of nature especially these wonderful winged jewels before they are gone !!
There is nothing more beautiful than warm summer evening light, especially when it bathes the Monarchs and the wildflowers that they love to nectar on this time of the year . The butterflies are winding down now here in Madison Indiana but the Monarchs are just gearing up for their incredible journey south.
It’s hard to believe that these delicate translucent wings will carry some of these little miracles of nature three thousand miles to the mountains of central Mexico from the fields of Southern Indiana. It is truly amazing that these monarchs know the way to the overwintering sites even though this migrating generation has never before been to Mexico.
Soon the Goldenrod will bloom and help nourish them for their long epic flight back to the mountains of Mexico.
Hope you enjoy my images of butterflies especially the Monarch and hopefully we can help conserve this beauitufl species !!
It has once again been quite a long time since I posted any images to my blog. My life is just incredibly busy and trying to find the time has been tough. But I have captured so many butterfly images I thought it was about time to catch up.
The butterfly population started out on a slow pace due to the late freezes we experienced this spring but long about the middle of July things really exploded.
This round of butterflies were captured close to home here in Madison Indiana. We are so blessed to have so many quality habitats for both Butterflies and Wildflowers that it kinda makes it pretty easy to capture so many wonderful images.
Big Oaks NWR, Splinter Ridge FWA , Muscatatuck NWR and believe it or not the grounds around my place of employment Kings Daughters Health are rich in butterflies and wildflowers as well.
So sit back and take in the natural beauty that surrounds us here in the Madison Indiana area.
I captured these two Monarchs perpetuating the species and keeping the Monarch migration alive.
This couples offspring will be emerging from their chrysalis anytime now and will then begin their nearly three thousand mile migration to central Mexico for the winter.
I captured these two little lovers just outside Madison Indiana in a wildflower field filled with iron-weed and common milkweed for which the milkweed is the host plant for this beautiful butterfly. The milkweed is the only plant that the Monarch will lay its eggs on and the caterpillars will then eat the milkweed and begin the cycle anew.
The milkweed has been disappearing from its native areas because of over spraying and mowing of roadside ditches and fields which has caused a massive decline in the population of the monarch.
Although there has been a great deal of publicity on the plight of the monarchs which in the short term may help their numbers increase there still needs to be a much larger effort in restoring the fields and other natural areas back to their native state to bring back the population to its once incredible numbers !!