Nature table explorer Tim has been in Minnesota . While in Minneapolis these Monarchs were feeding in a park.
The Monarch butterfly is amazing,as one of the four generations it produces each year flies from Minnesota to Mexico to hibernate for the winter roosting in trees.
In March the Monarch leaves Mexico and flies North. It lays eggs and dies . The next generation completes the cycle again in the North. This is again repeated , this third generation lays eggs and butterflies develop , however this fourth generation is different and migrates South to Mexico and over winters roosting. When March returns they again fly North.
On a previous trip to Minnesota we came across whole flocks of Monarchs by the side of the road. These are fantastic butterflies very large and beautiful.
The bees were also out in force in the Minneapolis.