Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Mother Nature's Stained-Glass Creation


The Monarch butterflies have been prolific this year.

With more than 80 percent of the world’s flowering plants relying on pollinators, their importance to natural ecosystems and agriculture cannot be overstated. However, populations of pollinators, including bird, bat, butterfly, beetle and bee species, have been declining around the world.  

 Monarch butterflies complete incredible migrations of hundreds to thousands of miles each year across North America. Along their migratory paths, Monarchs rely on habitats that contain milkweed species, which is the only plant that they lay their eggs on. Monarch caterpillars feed exclusively on milkweed, which contains chemical compounds that make them poisonous to potential predators.

Soon they will be returning to their home in Mexico, where they will spend their winter hibernation clustered in small areas of the Reserva de la Biosfera Mariposa Monarca (Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve), a national protected area and nature preserve that covers more than 200-square-miles.
Source: usda.gov 


Latane Barton said...

Beautiful shot of a beautiful butterfly.

L. D. said...

I saw only one today but I am waiting to see some migration through here. My zinnias are dying from the drought so they many not stop. You shot of the monarch is wonderful. Stained glass is a correct description. Enjoy the fall.

Rian said...

I haven't seen a lot of butterflies this year... not sure why. There's something ethereal about butterflies and dragonflies.

Jon said...

The monarch butterfly is gorgeous. When I lived in San Angelo, Texas the monarchs would arrive every October. There were thousands of them everywhere and it was magical. They were always attracted to the sunflowers in my yard.

Janet @ My Miniature Donkeys said...

I'm again impressed by your photographic skills!