Wednesday, August 3, 2016

First Monarch Pic of 2016

My contribution to Michelle's Nature Notes (#373). From the backyard in D.C., Mr. Cardinal makes way for Nutkin.

It's not just butterflies that have been scarce in D.C. this summer. I've seen few pollinators, period. But here's a carpenter bee:

Here are a couple of pollinators from the Washington and Old Dominion Trail in Va. this morning. I've struck out on the trail a bit the last month or so, but today was great. More to come later in the week.

And at last, my first Monarch pic of 2016!

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11 comments:

✿ chica said...

Muito lindas as fotos! abraços, chica

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely photos, specially the top one. I've seen far fewer butterflies than normal this year though bee numbers are reasonable.

TexWisGirl said...

yay! always good to see a monarch, i say.

orchid Miyako said...

Wow, I loved to see monarch and pollinators on the gorgeous white flower♪ Sweet nature photographs.
Sincerely from Japan, Miyako*

mikey said...

Are those the same Monarchs we famously see in Pacific Grove in the winter? Or do they pretty much just do a north-south migration so east coast Monarchs aren't the same ones as one the left side of the map?

Sharon Wagner said...

You captured lots of little critters today. Nice pics.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful monarch, I have not seen one yet this season. Pretty captures of the pollinators.

Michelle said...

Nice Monarch!

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Are those the same Monarchs we famously see in Pacific Grove in the winter? Or do they pretty much just do a north-south migration so east coast Monarchs aren't the same ones as one the left side of the map?



Those are the same monarchs, their ultimate destination is Michoacan, Mexico.

I haven't seen any monarchs this year, but one of our sites has a bunch of milkweed plants, and is a good spot for locating them. I'd like to see a national project to plant milkweeds (and other native wildflowers, of course) along highway medians to provide food and habitats for our native fauna.

Jim H. said...

Like a stained-glass window. Lovely!

Rambling Woods said...

Oh wow...enjoy... I haven't seen one yet.... Michelle