Today’s picture is my submission to the photo festival. This apparition appeared on our river trail in late summer, and I think it looks like a melancholy ghost giraffe.
The Monarch butterflies have started their migration to California and Mexico, and in the last few weeks, Jack and I have seen quite a few of them. The journey is quite an undertaking, and no individual butterfly makes the entire round trip. According to Migration Joint Venture, it requires 4 generations to complete the cycle. Whereas during the summer months, the Monarchs live for 2 to 6 weeks, when they migrate, they can live up to 9 months. Once the migration begins, the butterflies enter diapause (do not reproduce) as they head south to overwintering grounds where they have never been. They will never see this home again. I think it’s a fascinating and poignant life cycle, and I’m always well pleased when I see one of these small, beautiful creatures that traverse the continent on instinct.
Oh My! This photo was sent in by Anne, Cranky Cat Lady. It’s an Aglais io, a European Peacock Butterfly (known simply as the peacock butterfly), and the picture was taken by her daughter Emily Davis near Edinburgh, Scotland, on Aug. 29/20.
She was carrying the dead beetle for several meters already when I caught up with her, and she still had several meters to go. And it was by no means easy to get a sharp picture, but she took a breather for a moment here.
If you have ever wondered where end all those insects and little critters that you step on in your garden – now you have an answer.