As a kid in the midwest, I was always surrounded by Monarch butterflies this time of year. Our local fields were laden with milkweed (a necessary plant for Monarchs) and thousands of the damn butterflies.
Sadly, the population declined over time.
About 15 years ago, I let one of my fields go fallow, about 10 acres worth. Never produced much worthwhile in that field anyway. The field has returned to a state where it’s quite laden with milkweed again. But the number of local Monarch sightings continued to dwindle. I’d spot maybe 2 o 3 or 4 on any given day in Monarch season, at best.
But yesterday was different. Cutting across my field, I noted well over 100 (probably) different Monarchs. I was surprised by how enthused I was by that. Just like the days of my mis-spent youth.
I fear it’s not a trend internationally yet, but it was nice to see a resurgence in my back yard.
Just wanted to share that mundane, pointless observation.
Anybody else seeing Monarchs?