The fall migration of the monarch butterfly has been going on around here for about a week now, and it’s always a welcome sight. A couple of years ago, we planted one of those spindly “butterfly bushes” in our backyard. Normally, I’d be skeptical about a bush that claims to attract butterflies, but I’d been assured by people I trust that they do indeed work. And they were right!
As I write this, there are about a dozen of them fluttering around my one planting, which in early autumn is just past its prime, but still has retained enough faintly fragrant white flowers to draw them steadily. They flit around, so they’re hard to capture on an iPhone, but at least they don’t scatter when a big bad human arrives.
This post belongs on this blog because of where they’re going. Monarchs live in the forests of central Mexico [Read more…]