The Monarch Monitoring Project is a long-term study on monarch migration through Cape May, NJ. It is a part of the New Jersey Audubon Research Department, and closely affiliated with the Cape May Bird Observatory.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday midday update

Moderate SW winds are keeping a lot of monarchs around Cape May Point, but not many are visiting gardens, again the hotspots are tangles of English Ivy.  It's a bit ironic, as the ivy is not native and somewhat invasive, yet it is blooming profoundly around Cape May Point right now and the monarchs seem to be enjoying both its nectar and the shelter provided by its dense foliage.  It seems that there were many small to mid-sized monarch roosts all around Cape May Point last night, both in ivy and in groves of bigtooth aspen.

Monarchs amidst the flowers of English Ivy.
Other butterflies are also enjoying the ivy nectar; here it's a buckeye ...

... and here a Viceroy.

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