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Monarch Butterfly Cluster

Danaus plexippus

Description:

A group of Monarch butterflies have been observed for the first time clustering in trees in Aquatic Park, Berkeley, CA! California monarchs populations were in decline for ten years or more, but began to rebound in 2014. It is not certain if the butterflies will stay in the park or move further south.

Habitat:

Clustering in eucalyptus and ash trees in Aquatic Park, Berkeley, CA.

Notes:

First time observed: Hundreds of monarch butterflies cluster in Berkeley’s Aquatic Park: http://www.berkeleyside.com/2015/11/23/f...

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14 Comments

misako
misako 2 years ago

Thanks @SarahWhitt! The sighting was pretty amazing. Would love to see larger clusters in the future.

SarahWhitt
SarahWhitt 2 years ago

WOW!!! That is just FANTASTIC!!

misako
misako 2 years ago

No, I have not seen them since 2015.

Hema
Hema 2 years ago

Did the monarchs return again?

Gabe39
Gabe39 2 years ago

The fight pic is the best

Gabe39
Gabe39 2 years ago

Whoa

misako
misako 3 years ago

Thank you LeanneGardner. My nephew loved seeing the cluster.

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 3 years ago

Amazing! What I wouldn't give to see this! I'm sure your nephew will love seeing this gathering.

misako
misako 3 years ago

Thank you Polilla, Reza Hashemizadeh, and VivBraznell. I am hoping to go back with my 9yo nephew this week so he can see this amazing site.

VivBraznell
VivBraznell 3 years ago

Oh my goodness! What a sight ... lucky you Misako

Wonderful !

misako
misako 3 years ago

It was pretty amazing Nayeli. :)

Nayeli
Nayeli 3 years ago

A monarch meeting :), I like this kind of butterfly!

misako
Spotted by
misako

Berkeley, California, USA

Lat: 37.86, Long: -122.30

Spotted on Dec 4, 2015
Submitted on Dec 5, 2015

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