|Monarchs clustering in a pine tree (20m from the beach) just before sunset|
It's quite an experience to watch as new arrivals pitch in, creating a brief flurry of orange as they jostle for position. I've always been fascinated with the TV documentaries on Monarchs in Mexico but never thought I would witness the species in such numbers in New Jersey!
|Monarch nectaring from a Seaside Goldenrod plant.|
|Miniture, unique tagging stickers, are applied to the lower underwing.|
|A wingtagged Monarch roosting in a pine tree.|
Monarchs are especially noted for their lengthy annual migration. In North America, they make massive southward migrations starting in August until the first frost. A northward migration takes place in the spring. The monarch is the only butterfly that migrates both north and south as the birds do on a regular basis, but no single individual makes the entire round trip. Female Monarchs deposit eggs for the next generation during these migrations. More detailed information can be found here
|A small section of roosting Monarchs.|