Monarch butterflies are not able to survive the cold winters of most of the United States. If the monarch lives in the Eastern states, usually east of the Rocky Mountains, it will migrate to Mexico and hibernate in oyamel fir trees. If the monarch butterfly lives west of the Rocky Mountains, then it will hibernate in and around Pacific Grove, California in eucalyptus trees. Monarch butterflies use the very same trees each and every year when they migrate, which seems odd because they aren’t the same butterflies that were there the last year. These are the new fourth generation of monarch butterflies, so how do they know which trees are the right ones to hibernate in? The flower bush is a buddleia, also called butterfly bush.

Canon EOS REBEL T1i, Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm
Adjusted in Corel Paint Shop Pro.
Location: Harkness State Park in the town of Waterford, Connecticut (USA).
Season: fall, September 27th.

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  • SummerJade
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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work

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    dgscotlandabout 2 years ago

    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

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  • Fantastic!! Thank you so much for this feature!! ♥♥♥

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  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseabout 2 years ago

    Love this beautiful capture of the monarchs on the buddleia! Another favourite.

  • Thank you so much for your comment and for the fave! I do love the monarch migration, but it isn’t exactly the same time every year. If I go over early there are hundreds, but they are all fluttering around and I end up with many blurry shots. This time I was a bit later, it was cooler and they were slower, easier to photograph.☺

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    RGHuntabout 2 years ago

    Friday the 16th of November 2012 - AWESOME WORK

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    fauselrabout 2 years ago


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    Forget-me-notabout 2 years ago

    wonderful capture!!

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  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortieralmost 2 years ago

    Really beautiful capture Jade!

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  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture Jade! It’s not easy to capture 3 butterflies on a flower. One is hard enough. :)) Great job!

  • Thank you for noticing the 3! With butterflies…you just can’t pose them! lol I just take many shots and hope for a winner! ♥

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