Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Monarchs Are Coming. . .

October is when my favorite butterfly makes an appearance in Oklahoma. I have always been fascinated with butterflies, especially Monarchs. Yesterday I saw several Monarchs flying around our yard. Of course, I got very excited! I knew I was going to be seeing a lot of my little friends in the coming days.

I love the richness of their orange & black contrasting colors.

Several years ago when we still lived on Lake Keystone I was walking behind our house enjoying a little walk just before sunset when all of a sudden I noticed that the tree branches were full of Monarch butterflies. What an unexpected, breathtaking sight! What I saw that evening was not quite the number of butterflies you see in this picture, but close. I decided that the Monarchs were 'roosting' for the night, just a resting place on their journey of migration. This beautiful spectacle continued for several evenings, almost a week. I had known for many years that the Monarch butterfly migrated through Oklahoma in October. We would see many flying around on bright sunny days during the first weeks of the month, but never had we witnessed them settling in trees for the night. That particular year was the biggest migration we had ever seen. That year I began teaching a science unit about the Monarch in my classroom. The day after seeing so many Monarchs I took my class outside to count the number of butterflies that were fluttering by the school. There were so many that day it was virtually impossible to count. How exciting! Since that year we have not seen the large number of Monarchs coming through. Maybe this year!

Here is a map showing the path they take during the seasons of the year. Come on little friends, come this way, you're welcome to visit!

God's creation is so awesome, thank you Lord for making your presence known in nature!


Little Town Big Life said...

Thanks for leaving the message on my blog! I am now reading yours also!!

One sad fact about the monarch--I just wish they could avoid the highways. I have slowed down and veered to avoid them, but on the highway, it's impossible. Then I feel so bad!!!

They are beautiful--and so are the pictures you shared..

Stacey said...

They are beautiful. One year I had lots and lots of them on a tree trunk for a few hours. I'm in agreement with LTBF's terrible how many of them get hit by cars.

Picket said...

Hey friend! Oh I do so love butterflies and what a glorious site it would be to see so many in one place! Thanks so much for coming by and for the sweet comment on the arrival of our newest little granddaughter...take care and have a beautiful weekend!

Darlene said...

They are so beautiful aren't they!!?! That is sooo neat that so many of them "roosted" in the tree. What a sight that must have been!