This tidal-wave of Red Admirals is nothing compared to the September when I had over 100 Monarch butterflies on my Japanese Knotweed at one time. That was magical. But that was in the days before we used a digital camera and I couldn't do it justice. It was two days past Labour Day and the Japanese Knotweed was in full bloom. Japanese Knotweed is a horrible pest, but it made up for it on that day. I could stand in the back yard, look up in the sky and count 20, 30, 40 butterflies coming in for landing. It was amazing - the Mexican migration right in my Toronto yard. They must have been sending messages out to each other or the scent of the knotweed must have lured them in. I contacted the media and some Toronto naturalists clubs but to no avail. Anyway this picture is sort of similar to the feeling I had on that day. I let my knotweed grow rampant for several years but they never came back.
|Monarch Watch/Chip Taylor|