Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Fleeting Beauty

A Monarch butterfly on a lantana bloom. Before long, the Monarchs will begin their southward migration to Mexico. I learned recently that Monarchs born in late summer have a much longer lifespan (up to 8 months) than those born earlier, whose lifespan is only 2-6 weeks. Either way, that's a very short life. I hope they enjoy their time on earth.

5 comments:

ABQ-B-Fly Guy said...

GREAT Picture! They are amazing creatures. They more you learn about them, the more fascinating they become.

Ron

Connie said...

A lovely photo!! Have enjoyed a browse on you blog.

David in Greensboro NC said...

Thanks, Ron. I'm looking forward to reading more about your Monarch Way Station on your blog. Looks like you have been and will be busy!

Thank you, Connie. Please come back again...and if you could, bring some of that rain pouring off the roof in your recent post!

Dirty Fingernails said...

I have been wondering where all the butterflies are..?? I haven't seen anything a little south of you..

David in Greensboro NC said...

Hi Dirty Fingernails--This is the first monarch I've seen all summer. I don't know if their numbers or down, or if they are just elsewhere. Thanks for visiting.