Pam Wright posted an article recently in the Weather Underground blog about monarch butterflies still being in Canada.
Usually in Texas by this time of year, scientists feel the strong winds and the warm weather have kept the monarchs from migrating south.
Thoughts from Chip Taylor
When asked what he thought of this unusual phenomenon, Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch wrote in the Dplex-L list serv:
“Monarchs began arriving at the overwintering sites on the 27th of October. This is a normal arrival for the first monarchs. At that date substantial numbers of monarchs were still being reported in Ontario and at some locations along the east coast. The migration has been largely finished for nearly all other areas of the US except Texas and a few coastal locations. The number of monarchs in the migration is not known, but overall the migration appears to involve fewer monarchs than predicted based on projections of late summer production. [Read more…]