Danaus plexippus

Monarch Danaus plexippus on Cardinal Flower. August 30, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.

Monarch
Danaus plexippus

 

Monarch Danaus plexippus on Cardinal Flower. August 30, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.
Monarch Danaus plexippus on Cardinal Flower. August 30, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.

The Leamington Monarch Trail gardens project started in 2014 to help with migrating Monarchs.

The trail is part of a 17 click system travelling through Leamington. The butterfly garden is about 5 clicks long, right beside the main trail. Many volunteers and Point Pelee National Park helped to build these gardens.

“It’s the municipality vision that this project will help restore and support the large number of monarch butterflies that migrate through the Leamington area and create a natural spectacle to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike,” said Leamington’s Chief Administrative Officer, Peter Neufeld in a media release.

Monarch Danaus plexippus 3 larvae on Swamp Milkweed. August 29, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.
Monarch Danaus plexippus 3 larvae on Swamp Milkweed. August 29, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.

In 2014, the monarch butterfly population was the lowest ever.

I had 10 Monarchs in the yard yesterday (August 29, 2017) and 7 caterpillars on the Swamp Milkweed.

 

 

 

Monarch Danaus plexippus on Tall Ironweed. August 29, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.
Monarch Danaus plexippus on Tall Ironweed. August 29, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.

Soon we may be the Butterfly Capital of Canada.

 

 

 

 

Monarch Danaus plexippus larva on Swamp Milkweed. August 29, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.
Monarch Danaus plexippus larva on Swamp Milkweed. August 29, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monarch Danaus plexippus on Joe-Pye Weed. August 29, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.
Monarch Danaus plexippus on Joe-Pye Weed. August 29, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monarch Danaus plexippus larva on Swamp Milkweed. August 29, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.
Monarch Danaus plexippus larva on Swamp Milkweed. August 29, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.

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