|Migrating monarch are generally very bright and fresh-looking.|
Winds are predicted to blow from the southwest tomorrow, then from the southeast for the next two days. We don't expect to see many new monarch arrivals over the next three days, and more will probably be drifting away from the Point. We will, however, add a word of caution to the prediction: the monarchs sometimes fool us, the weather sometimes fools the weather forecasters, so we really are just guessing about what's going to happen next.
While we're guessing that the next few days won't reward us with big numbers of migrating monarchs, we still encourage our readers to come visit us at Cape May Point. The flower-filled gardens of Cape May Point are attracting many butterflies. It's shaping up to be a good fall for southern butterflies that disperse northward at this season. At least the Ocola Skippers were visiting one private garden in the Point today, and we're also seeing Fiery Skippers, Cloudless Sulphurs, and Long-tailed Skippers. You'll still see some monarchs -- we'll have some around every day for at least the next five weeks -- and there are still monarch caterpillars chowing down on milkweed, both in the gardens and in the displays that our team maintains at the Cape May Bird Observatory Northwood Center and at the Nature Center of Cape May.
|Two monarch caterpillars feeding on the same leaf - an unusual sight.|
|Private garden in Cape May Point.|
|Ocola Skipper - note the long forewings jutting well |
beyond the hind wings when this skipper is at rest.