Monarchs Heading South

Like many of our summer residents the monarchs at the GLP Butterfly Garden (started by Dave Nickolenko) are headed to warmer climes for the winter.  Conservation Commission member Bob Ten Eyke counted nine caterpillars and one chrysalis on October 6.  When he returned twelve days later he found a brand new monarch that was just unfurling its wings, having recently emerged from its chrysalis.   (See photo)  This butterfly is the great-great-grandchild of a butterfly that flew up from Mexico last spring.   How the 3rd or 4th generation of summer monarchs know where in Mexico to head is one of natures enduring mysteries.
For more information about this amazing insect check out the Monarch Watch website: