Good as it Gets
Today is 23rd of February. We are a group of nature freaks from New Jersey
and a group of school teachers from Georgia. Tuesday we divided and visited
both El Rosario and Pelon.
The experience was as good as it gets.
Butterflies Flying for Water
Clear, dry weather stimulated the butterflies to move out of their colonies
in search for water. The Rosario colony itself was HUGE, estimated by
locals to between 6 and 5 hectares in area. For the first time in many
years they cooperated fully, forming the colony within the area bounded
by the stairs and the well-worn trails. There was much mating of the small-male,
Than it Gets
Pelon was better than it gets. As we approached Macheros in our bus—the
jump-off point where we mounted horses--a river of monarchs streaming
down from the mountains greeted us. The river stayed with us two thirds
of the way up the mountainside. We and our horses treaded through this
sea of butterflies most of the way to the colony.
Chore for Them, A Delight for Us
What accounts for this? It rained about two weeks ago. The ambient has
been drying ever since. The thirsty butterflies have no dew on the mountainsides
to drink and must descend the entire mountain to find water. An enormous
chore for them, a total delight for us.