This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

monarch butterfly on milkweed flowers

monarch on milkweed 3

This is the first Monarch I have seen on the fields by the gardens this year. The milkweed is in full bloom and, with the warmer and dryer weather, lots of butterflies are out and about.

I was asked about the Monarchs' Spring migration and didn't know, so I looked it up. They arrived in the Boston area (from Mexico) in June, but I just hadn't spotted one until now. They will have several generations here before they migrate back down to Mexico in September.

wildflowers, weeds, invasives and natives
butterflies (Lepidoptera)

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Blogger Kelly said...

That is a beautiful picture, I can almost feel the warm sunshine just looking at it.

July 16, 2009 7:49 PM

Blogger Joseph said...


July 16, 2009 9:33 PM

Blogger Dan said...

I have always wanted to go see the Monarchs congregate on the southern tip of Ontario. They have a page that they update when they arrive but I always seem to miss it. Great photo Kathy.

July 16, 2009 11:22 PM

Blogger alice said...

I agree WOW. Picture-book; nature being true to nature.

July 18, 2009 3:21 AM

Blogger Tina said...

I think it is really hard to believe that butterflies can fly such a long distance. There’s a species over here, the Painted Lady, that comes from Africa up here to Middle and even Northern Europe. Had so much of them this year, now you can only see one now and then.

August 02, 2009 3:58 AM

Blogger Charlie said...

I just moved to Waltham from Wenham and have raised monarchs in the summer on behalf of the local library's children's room. Can you tell me where I can find fields of milkweed in this area (Waltham/Belmont border)? Thanks.

May 30, 2010 2:35 PM


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