on September 25, a succession of cold fronts moved across
the Upper Delaware River region, pushing waves of monarch
butterflies ahead of them. Monarchs were daily visitors
until rain showers and cold weather called a temporary
halt on October 1.
the pages below, we note the location of monarch migrants
that have been reported
to us, but we've kept private the names of observers.
A big day. "Several
dozen monarchs passed through the farm in the morning
and early afternoon ahead of a cold front.Two second grade
classes from Lakeside Elementary School were visiting
the Butterfly Barn, and watched the monarchs glide overhead
for several hours."
The peak day. "Forty
or 50 monarchs passed through the farm in the morning
and early afternoon. Many of them singled-out a clump
of zinnias in the garden as many as eight or ten butterflies
at a time."
monarchs flew overhead in mid-afternoon, above a tennis
court at the summit of High Street."
26 (Indian Orchard)
2:20 p.m., a monarch crossed the Walmart parking lot.
Earlier I saw one west of Narrowsburg, at the junction
of Plank Road and Route # 652."
The large butterfly (top) is by Tara, a 2nd grader in Honesdale, PA.
The small butterflies are by Cassie, a 4th grader in Honesdale, PA.
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A big day. "About 4 p.m., two dozen monarchs were sipping
nectar and roosting on wild 'boneset' flowers along a
half mile of the abandoned D&H Railroad right-of-way.
big day. "During the morning, butterflies glided
singly across a meadow below the Butterfly Barn and still
more flew into the garden to drink from Buddleia ('Butterfly
Bush') flowers. About three dozen monarchs showed up in
three hours, perhaps 'pushed' by a cold front that brought
24 (near Route 97)
the early evening, I counted six monarchs near the Lake
Huntington Rd., about a half mile east of Route # 97."
21 (Conklin Hill)
big day. "Our garden was teeming with monarchs all
day. At one point, I counted 12 on our large Eupatorium perfoliatum (common boneset) plant."
"Saw a monarch flying near the Bethel Harvest Market."
17 to 20 (Beaver Brook)
On the porch. "Several monarchs appeared in the garden. Also, I released a monarch that was caught in my screened porch. Unusual! Not sure how it got in. I am continuing to find caterpillars in the milkweed near my house."