Over the past few days, three monarch butterflies have brought joyful pause—two in our backyard and one monarch floating low towards the ferns and palmettos of open light at the nearby Red Bug Slough preserve.
The monarchs came unannounced, thus eluding the camera, but not my attention. The eastern monarch butterfly will soon hit the peak of its winter migration. The butterfly’s population has declined significantly from a high of about a billion to an estimated 33 million that survived their journey to central Mexico last winter. A native monarch population here in Southwest Florida is non-migrating, thanks to the year-round climate.
Have you seen the monarchs in your neighborhood?