Thursday, August 27, 2020

Help Monarchs on their Long Migration South

Monarch butterfly on flowerMonarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) begin their annual fall migration in mid-August. These butterflies are the great-great-grandchildren of the monarchs that migrated to Mexico last fall.

You can help monarchs by providing food (nectar) and keeping those areas protected:

  • Turn a portion of your lawn into a wildflower meadow—plant milkweed or other native wildflowers.
  • Delay mowing areas with milkweed until later in the fall.
  • Avoid using herbicides—they kill all life-stages of monarchs (egg, caterpillar, cocoon, and adult).
  • Report sightings of adults online. View a map of the sightings so far this year.

Don’t know when their migration peaks in your area? Check out this migration chart.

Photo by Sandy Van Vranken.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

6 Responses

  1. Boreas says:

    Excellent suggestions! Get involved – planting a pollinator garden is a good first step that almost anyone can do. Soil and seeds and you are done!

  2. Bill D. says:

    Decades ago, on a windless blue sky September afternoon, I was privileged to witness an infinitely long tube of monarchs migrating southward, as my wife & I sat on a rocky ledge above the east shore of Lake George.

    The diameter of this undulating tube was about 10 feet and hundreds of thousands of them were moving in unison, only a few yards in front of our gob-smacked faces. Unforgettable and breathtaking, it was a reminder of how fortunate we are to live in the Adirondacks.

  3. Ed says:

    We had a great amount of butterflies this year until the hay lot next to us was sprayed to get rid of a pest .

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