2018.08.31 -- IS IT REALLY THE END OF AUGUST?

I took this picture on the way home one day this week...ridge_color

Maybe I can convince myself that orange is just Monarch butterflies.  We (95% Kelly) have released 331 this summer.  She would come home from dog-walking with handfuls of caterpillars...
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They would then pupate...
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And emerge as butterflies...
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We hope some make it down to Mexico for the winter. Here is a graph of their release...

The butterflies that overwinter in Mexico fly north as far north as Texas in the spring and lay eggs.  Those eggs hatch and those butterflies fly as far north as Illinois and lay eggs.  Those eggs hatch and those butterflies fly as far north as Canada and lay eggs.  Those are the first butterflies we released in July.  They laid eggs, which we collected and released a month later.  That's the big climb in mid-August.  Those are the butterflies that will fly south to Mexico for the winter.