Monarch Fall Roost

Date: 09/03/2011

Number: 1000

September 3: 1,000 monarchs
My grandson was out swinging in my backyard about dusk. He hollered, "Nana, there are lots of butterflies!" I went out and my gaze followed several flying around and landing in my tree limbs overhead. We watched for about an hour until it was almost dark. I counted six different roosts in my trees, most with several hundred. As I looked at the pictures and counted butterflies, I realize there were probably 1,000 monarchs in total.

September 5: 50 monarchs

Two days after the six large roosts I had in my backyard, I was still seeing more Monarchs in my backyard. As I looked a little closer, I could see a couple different very small roosts of only a dozen or so butterflies on each branch, but there were 25-50 flying around trying to find a place to land.

Photos taken September 3, 2011:

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Hastings, NE

Latitude: 40.6 Longitude: -98.4

Observed by: Jerri
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