Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Monarch migration continues; late-blooming, tiny asters important nectaring flowers for migrants

A butterfly doesn't consider a late aster a weed. So don't cut them down while they are blooming or you won't see as many monarchs return from Mexico as you will if all the native flowers are kept alive through October. Please click on images to ENLARGE view of two of the hundreds of migrating monarchs that paused for sustenance on October 7, 2009, on World Peace Wetland Prairie in south Fayetteville, Arkansas. If you look up anywhere in the region you may see some flitting past or find an unmowed stretch of an area highway or old prairie to catch them taking a break from the long flight to Mexico.

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