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Monarch report

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On Interstate 10 near Sonora, some 200 miles west of Austin, suddenly there were plenty of monarch butterflies flying about.

UPDATE: We continued to see migrating monarchs for the next 50–60 miles.

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 16, 2016 at 11:23 AM

Posted in nature photography

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  1. Your sighting makes my heartstrings play. I saw one or two here this summer.


    October 16, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    • I’d seen practically none in Austin but this migration in west Texas was 50–60 miles wide.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 16, 2016 at 8:53 PM

  2. Hooray! Numbers are way down here.

    Sherry Felix

    October 16, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    • I’ve seen a few, both in Omaha and Minnesota, but almost certainly fewer than usual. Good for you!


      October 16, 2016 at 4:08 PM

      • We kept seeing them in goodly numbers for 50–60 miles. Unfortunately the fronts of cars passing through on I-10 ended up with monarchs on them. The butterflies, alas, aren’t smart enough to fly just a few feet above the traffic.

        Steve Schwartzman

        October 16, 2016 at 8:51 PM

  3. No monarchs for me, but thick clouds of viceroys appeared at a wildlife management area outside Mena, Arkansas. I spent a half-hour or so sitting at the pond watching them play chase. Some flew so close to me I could hear their wings. It’s going to take something really spectacular to beat that for the highlight of the trip.


    October 17, 2016 at 8:08 AM

  4. Glad to hear this. I did not see many this year


    October 17, 2016 at 5:22 PM

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