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Monarch butterfly

Danaus plexippus

Description:

I'm happy to report that Monarch butterflies have reached San Luis Potosi, Mexico after thousands of miles (Km) of migration travel. They only have a few hundred Km to go to their winter camp. I saw them yesterday at dusk as they were preparing to settle for the night. Unfortunately for the Monarch, soon after, a huge thunderstorm came and it kept raining all night and for today it has been drizzling.

Habitat:

Tall trees with foliage.


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115 Comments (1–25)

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 3 years ago

Thank you Gilma and Desmond

Looking forward to your next report, next November, LuisStevens .... : )

Desmond.E.S.O
Desmond.E.S.O 4 years ago

super pretty!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 4 years ago

Thank you sofia3

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Thank you Tiyana

Tiyana Puckett
Tiyana Puckett 5 years ago

These are such a beautiful pictures

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Thank you Cynthia.

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Thank you again Gilma and James.

I gave you complements on this beautiful series before, but it was out again and I just think it is an amazing spotting. Thanks for sharing it with us.

James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago

Goegeous superb picture

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Thank you Doreen Chambers

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Thank you Dixie

doreen.chambers.14
doreen.chambers.14 5 years ago

Can't get better than this.

Dixie
Dixie 5 years ago

How beautiful!

jtzofrea
jtzofrea 5 years ago

What an awesome resource Gator! I'll have to let folks know about that one.

Lauren, You can see the tags in detail on my page:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/630...

Or check out the Southwest Monarch Watch website at:
http://www.swmonarchs.org/

We tag hundreds to thousands depending on the year from Washington all the way to southern Arizona. Our next meeting is in January and I can tell you exactly how many we tagged this year then.

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 5 years ago

This is how I track the monarch migration through the US. The interactive map and articles are great. http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 5 years ago

Hi jtzofrea, thanks, I have always wanted to find a tagged Monarch. Every once in a while we get a Monarch in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. I always assume it went the wrong way……? How many Monarchs do you tag in Arizona every year? What does your tag look like?

jtzofrea
jtzofrea 5 years ago

Hey Lauren,
The folks at SWMW are already in contact with the locals. We pay them a small amount for each tag just like you suggested. It works pretty well but I always ask just in case. Nothing wrong with having more eyes to help out;-)

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 5 years ago

Hi jtzofrea, I was also looking for tagged Monarchs when we visited the Reserve in February. It was a really warm day and thousands were flying, thousands more were in their huddles, hundreds were feeding on flowers, mating on the ground or drinking water at the many springs. There were also thousands dead on the ground, sometimes almost in drifts and several centimeters thick. There is a large group of guides responsible for watching over the visitors. I asked our guide specifically about Monarchs with tags and he said they can't really examine the living clusters very well (most are high in the trees and densely packed) but that they try to examine every dead specimen that is left on the ground when the migration north begins. He said they receive compensation for every tagged specimen they find so they are motivated to look well. Maybe you could get in contact with each of the reserve's personnel and request they report back to you about your specific tags. They are all local people and poor and a tiny reward for each of your tags might be just enough to increase your feedback. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/195...

jtzofrea
jtzofrea 5 years ago

Thanks!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Sorry jtzofrea, I didn't notice any Monarchs with tag but I'll be alert and let you know if I find one.

jtzofrea
jtzofrea 5 years ago

Hey Luis,
did you happen to notice any Monarchs with a tag on them? We'd love to find out where our monarchs from Northern Arizona end up.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/635...
http://www.swmonarchs.org/

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Thank you Yasser, I'm glad you like them.

Yasser
Yasser 5 years ago

Luis, all these photos are just so beautiful. I keep coming back to look at them. What a wonderful series.

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 5 years ago

Thank you mcaul6515.

LuisStevens
Spotted by
LuisStevens

San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Lat: 22.26, Long: -100.71

Spotted on Nov 1, 2013
Submitted on Nov 2, 2013

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