This was taken on Martha’s Vineyard in early October. Not this one but I watched other Monarchs heading off out over the open water. Monarchs are especially noted for their lengthy annual migration. They make massive southward migrations from August through October. The length of these journeys far exceeds the lifetime of most Monarchs, which is less than two months for butterflies born in early summer. The last generation of the summer lives up to 7 months, during which it flies to the overwinter location. This generation does not reproduce until it leaves the overwinter location the following spring, but it is actually this generation’s children and great-grandchildren that return to their northern location in the spring.


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  • PigleT
    PigleTover 6 years ago

    Good illumination :)

  • marvintunstall
    marvintunstallover 6 years ago

    great shot!!!!!

  • flame7
    flame7over 6 years ago

    i LOVE butterflys, and your story and picture together paint a beautiful picture. I think it is so sad that these stunning creatures have such a short life. Fantasitc shot.

  • coffeebean
    coffeebeanover 6 years ago

    This is lovely

  • jesika
    jesikaover 6 years ago

    Beautiful Monarch. Have you been fortunate enough to visit their winter holiday sites?

  • one day, and what a holiday it must be, I wonder what the sound is like with all the flapping wings….

    – Roslyn Lunetta

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...almost 5 years ago

    What a beautiful capture. Very nice image ;o))
    Welcome to the Beach Treasures group (with location) !!

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