Monarchs are Migrating in Mount Washington
Location: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
November 11, 2013
Yesterday while helping our friend Lisa Anne determine which plants should stay and which should be removed from her newly purchased Mount Washington home, we noticed two Monarchs flying through her yard and over Elyria Canyon Park. This morning while running errands, we noticed four more Monarchs. We suspect the Monarchs are seeking wintering grounds either to the north or to the south in Mexico, and they are passing through Los Angeles to get there. We need to do some gardening today, but we will provide an update with a new photo if any Monarchs alight on the lantana or the zinnias currently blooming in the garden.
Ed. Note: We contacted our neighbor, Julian Donahue, about the migration and we had a nice chat on the phone regarding migration and tagging of butterflies. We mentioned that many of our readers raise Monarchs and tag them so that they know which butterflies they raised, including Dori Eldridge from Naperville, Illinois. We thought we had an old posting where green paint was used to mark a Monarch, which Julian discouraged as color blind individuals cannot see red or green. Julian provided us with a photo of a tagged Monarch as well as some additional information on migrating butterflies. If you encounter a tagged Monarch, please report it using the website provided on the tag.
Daniel, you and I discussed the Monarchs and Painted Ladies on the phone: the former are drifting around (natives and possible migrants arriving for the winter), while the Ladies are residents–they don’t migrate until around April, if at all. I’ll be posting a notice about Monarchs that were tagged in Washington state on the LepSoc Facebook page.
I’m attaching the photo I promised of a tagged Monarch from Washington, which has on it the e-mail address to report sightings or recoveries.