During one of the music/film festivals in Austin, the street looks like this.
The city’s official slogan promotes Austin as “The Live Music Capital of the World”, a reference to the many musicians and live music venues within the city, as well as the long-running PBS TV concert series Austin City Limits. Forbes has placed Austin at the top of its annual list of the country’s biggest boomtowns, Austin is the third fastest-growing city in the nation.
According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, During the fall, monarchs use two principal flyways. Monarchs enter the Texas portion of this flyway during the last days of September. By the third week of October, most have passed through into Mexico. The second flyway is situated along the Texas coast and lasts roughly from the third week of October to the middle of November.
I captured these Monarchs in the second week of October while walking through a local trail.
I was happy to capture three together, then four of them came.
Wow, I caught all five monarchs…
Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants, and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. Texas Park and Wildlife maintains a lot of milkweed plants in various parks and trails.
The chart below shows the continuous drop of Monarch colonies, 2013-2014 was the lowest. The good news is that it is bouncing back a bit between 2015 and 2016. I have seen more Monarchs in Texas this year than the past few years.