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Photo by @FransLanting Trees covered in Monarch butterflies is what you can find in the mountains of southern Mexico if you know where and when to go (Michoacan between November and February). Until the 1970s the destination of migrating Monarchs was a mystery, but when I first visited in the 1980s it had become a place to go to not just for butterflies, but for visitors as well. Unfortunately, since then the Monarch population has plummeted by more than 80%, largely because of widespread use of herbicides in the US, which kills the milkweed plants they depend on. To get a sense of the astonishing numbers of butterflies (more than 50 million!) that used to gather in Mexico go to @FransLanting and check some of the links below to learn more about the plight of the Monarchs. @ChristineEckstrom @ThePhotoSociety #Monarch #Endangered #CenterforBiodiv #Monarch_Watch

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Photo by @FransLanting Basking in the sun with wings spread like miniature solar panels, Monarch butterflies cover a pine tree in the mountains of Mexico where they overwinter. How these travellers find their way to that one place in Michoacan that has the right conditions they need remains a mystery. When I first went there to document them I was astonished by the sights of many millions of Monarchs turning an entire forest orange, but their numbers have since plummeted by 90%. Check @FransLanting to see images of the epic phenomenon that I was able to capture then. @ChristineEckstrom @ThePhotoSociety @XercesSociety #Butterfly #Monarch #Endangered #CenterforBiodiv #Monarch_Watch #Migration

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Sheโ€™s the last of the 2018 season, which was our best yet. Go forth and be strong little one. ๐Ÿ’œ #monarchbutterfly #monarch #butterfly #monarchwatch #monarchwatch2018 #monarch_watch #monarch_hosts


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I found five ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ› in the milkweed garden. Is this normal so late in the year? #monarch_hosts #monarch_watch #monarch_caterpillars #socalmonarchs #monarch


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๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’™ #Repost @franslanting
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Photos by @FransLanting When a rare snowstorm hit the mountains in Mexico where Monarch butterflies had gathered for the winter, millions of them lost their grip and were knocked down to the ground. The entire forest floor was covered in lifeless butterflies, but after the storm passed and temperatures rose, many of them miraculously came back to life. They raised their body temperature by quivering their wings as you can see in these photos. After a while millions of trembling Monarchs were able to slowly crawl up tree trunks with wings spread like solar panels to soak up heat so they could get back to their favorite roosting spots high off the ground. It was an amazing sight, but it also confirmed how vulnerable they areโ€”to weather and to gaps in the forest caused by illegal logging which disturbs the microclimate they need to hibernate. Stay tuned for more survival stories of the natural kind. @ChristineEckstrom @ThePhotoSociety @NatGeoCreative @XercesSociety #Butterfly #Monarch #Endangered #CenterforBiodiv #Monarch_Watch #Migration
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Late season release. Better today than the last few days with all the fires, wind and smoke. Good luck fella. #monarchs #monarch_watch #monarch_hosts #monarchbutterfly #socalmonarchs ๐Ÿฆ‹


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Photo by @FransLanting Basking in the sun with wings spread like miniature solar panels, Monarch butterflies cover a pine tree in the mountains of Mexico where they overwinter. How these travellers find their way to that one place in Michoacan that has the right conditions they need remains a mystery. When I first went there to document them I was astonished by the sights of many millions of Monarchs turning an entire forest orange, but their numbers have since plummeted by 90%. Check @FransLanting to see images of the epic phenomenon that I was able to capture then. @ChristineEckstrom @ThePhotoSociety @XercesSociety #Butterfly #Monarch #Endangered #CenterforBiodiv #Monarch_Watch #Migration

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Photo by @FransLanting Trees covered in Monarch butterflies is what you can find in the mountains of southern Mexico if you know where and when to go (Michoacan between November and February). Until the 1970s the destination of migrating Monarchs was a mystery, but when I first visited in the 1980s it had become a place to go to not just for butterflies, but for visitors as well. Unfortunately, since then the Monarch population has plummeted by more than 80%, largely because of widespread use of herbicides in the US, which kills the milkweed plants they depend on. To get a sense of the astonishing numbers of butterflies (more than 50 million!) that used to gather in Mexico go to @FransLanting and check some of the links below to learn more about the plight of the Monarchs. @ChristineEckstrom @ThePhotoSociety #Monarch #Endangered #CenterforBiodiv #Monarch_Watch

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At full capacity. ๐Ÿ™ƒ Our monarch numbers are still high - 110 chrysalises and 63 caterpillars! Itโ€™s been fun releasing butterflies every day lately.๐Ÿ’œ Iโ€™m still trekking to my friendโ€™s house every couple of days for milkweed cuttings since Iโ€™m out. Fingers crossed that we can get all the smaller cats in their chrysalises by the end of next week. Then Iโ€™m done for the 2018 season! #monarch_watch #monarch_hosts #monarchmigration #monarchs #monarch #monarchbutterfly #monarchbutterflies #butterfly #butterflies


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One new Monarch released today. 65 caterpillars and 4 crysalis' #monarch_caterpillars #monarchs #monarch_hosts #monarch_caterpillar #monarch_watch


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The last hurrah of the season. I currently have 141 monarchs in the house - 32 chrysalises; 54 fat cats in 2 containers; 54 little cats in 2 boxes; and 1 butterfly in a container to be released tomorrow when itโ€™s not raining. Iโ€™m out of milkweed so Iโ€™ve had to get lots cuttings from a few local friends. Weโ€™ve all agreed to cut back all the milkweed at the end of the month to encourage the butterflies to continue to fly south. #monarchs #monarch #monarchcaterpillar #monarchcaterpillars #caterpillar ##monarch_watch #monarch_hosts


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#Repost @karotkinjeff is raising monarchs in Agoura Hills, California.
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Another Monarch released in to the wide today
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Another Monarch released in to the wide today
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Found a few more tiny caterpillars ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ› in the garden this afternoon. Moved them to the greenhouse to protect them from the many predators. ๐Ÿ๐ŸฆŽ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ•ท๏ธ#monarch_caterpillars #socalmonarchs #monarchs #monarch_hosts #monarch_watch


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Monarchs are still mating this late in the the season. I counted 58 caterpillars ๐Ÿ› in the greenhouse this a.m. lots of eggs in the garden too ๐Ÿ˜œ #monarch_caterpillars #monarchs_mating #monarchs #monarchbutterfly #monarch_watch #monarch_hosts #socalmonarchs


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Photo by @FransLanting Basking in the sun with wings spread like miniature solar panels, Monarch butterflies cover a pine tree in the mountains of Mexico where they overwinter. How these travellers find their way to that one place in Michoacan that has the right conditions they need remains a mystery. When I first went there to document them I was astonished by the sights of many millions of Monarchs turning an entire forest orange, but their numbers have since plummeted by 90%. Check @FransLanting to see images of the epic phenomenon that I was able to capture then. @ChristineEckstrom @ThePhotoSociety @XercesSociety #Butterfly #Monarch #Endangered #CenterforBiodiv #Monarch_Watch #Migration

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Photo by @FransLanting Trees covered in Monarch butterflies is what you can find in the mountains of southern Mexico if you know where and when to go (Michoacan between November and February). Until the 1970s the destination of migrating Monarchs was a mystery, but when I first visited in the 1980s it had become a place to go to not just for butterflies, but for visitors as well. Unfortunately, since then the Monarch population has plummeted by more than 80%, largely because of widespread use of herbicides in the US, which kills the milkweed plants they depend on. To get a sense of the astonishing numbers of butterflies (more than 50 million!) that used to gather in Mexico go to @FransLanting and check some of the links below to learn more about the plight of the Monarchs. @ChristineEckstrom @ThePhotoSociety #Monarch #Endangered #CenterforBiodiv #Monarch_Watch

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Photo by @FransLanting Basking in the sun with wings spread like miniature solar panels, Monarch butterflies cover a pine tree in the mountains of Mexico where they overwinter. How these travellers find their way to that one place in Michoacan that has the right conditions they need remains a mystery. When I first went there to document them I was astonished by the sights of many millions of Monarchs turning an entire forest orange, but their numbers have since plummeted by 90%. Check @FransLanting to see images of the epic phenomenon that I was able to capture then. @ChristineEckstrom @ThePhotoSociety @XercesSociety #Butterfly #Monarch #Endangered #CenterforBiodiv #Monarch_Watch #Migration

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2 emerged, 3 to go! #monarch_watch


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๐Ÿฆ‹MONARCH - WAYSTATIONS ๐Ÿฆ‹ ๐Ÿฆ‹BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION๐Ÿฆ‹
A few weekends ago - I came about an amazing organization www.monarchwatch.org
They have an amazing program to recover the populations of Monarch Butterflies. Butterflies & such Pollinators are integral to the propagation of crop plants that feed us. However, they are dying because of the commercial use of herbicides like glyphosate (brand name: โ€˜Roundupโ€™ from Monsanto) We have to curb the indiscriminate use of glyphosate.
There is much that needs to be done to save butterflies & our environment by creating Waystations for the Monarchs - a wonderful idea promoted by #monarch_watch

PLEASE LEARN MORE & SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF...
#monarch_watch who have been encouraging us to create Monarch Waystations Read more at: www.monarchwatch.org
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Photo by @FransLanting Trees covered in Monarch butterflies is what you can find in the mountains of southern Mexico if you know where and when to go (Michoacan between November and February). Until the 1970s the destination of migrating Monarchs was a mystery, but when I first visited in the 1980s it had become a place to go to not just for butterflies, but for visitors as well. Unfortunately, since then the Monarch population has plummeted by more than 80%, largely because of widespread use of herbicides in the US, which kills the milkweed plants they depend on. To get a sense of the astonishing numbers of butterflies (more than 50 million!) that used to gather in Mexico go to @FransLanting and check some of the links below to learn more about the plight of the Monarchs. @ChristineEckstrom @ThePhotoSociety #Monarch #Endangered #CenterforBiodiv #Monarch_Watch

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