Flyways for Monarchs

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.

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I was happy to capture three together, then four of them came.

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Wow, I caught all five monarchs…

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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.

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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.

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Monarchs can travel between 50-100 miles a day; it can take up to two months to complete their journey. The farthest ranging monarch butterfly recorded traveled 265 miles in one day.

Source from US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service

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