Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Butterfly Days: No. 1

The purple butterfly bush near our front porch seems to be Grand Central Station for all the butterflies in Deerfield. For the next several days we'll be talking about these unique creatures.

First up is the ubiquitous Monarch. It's known as the "wanderer butterfly" in Europe and Australia because it's one of the few butterflies that can make transoceanic crossings. The wings are tissue-thin and translucent as you can see in the above photo.

Monarchs in our neck of the woods skedaddle down to Mexico starting in September. The ones that make it back reproduce and then go to butterfly heaven.

Monarchs are even showing up in Bermuda these days. Once they get to Bermuda, they reproduce there and don't leave. Butterflies aren't stupid.

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