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, October 14, 2014

Southest winds

Today was a sunny and breezy day with Southeast winds. Butterfly bushes, Seaside Goldenrod, and New England Aster around town were bustling with activity. This was a welcome change after the past few days. I tagged almost 50 Monarchs and gave several casual tagging demonstrations to any curious passersby. This is a great aspect of the job, because I get to meet people with all different backgrounds and share the spectacular story of one amazing insect.

The rainy trend is predicted to continue tomorrow and the Thursday, giving everyone time to gear up for Friday,  which has potential to be a great migration day.

I've been noticing more Eastern commas around today. These butterflies have irregular wing edges and erratic, fast flight. The inward-facing side of the wings are well adapted for autumn due to its orange and coppery reds with dark brown spots.

Eastern comma (Polygonius comma) from front and back side. Note the silvery "C" on the hind wing.

Photo credit: Matthew Drollinger

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