Thursday, October 29, 2015
We witnessed an unexpected late influx of monarchs into Cape May Point today. It was good weather for butterflies, low 70s with gentle westerly breezes, but we didn't think there were many more monarchs left this far north. Field Naturalist Lindsey Brendel tallied 44 on the 10:00 am census. Monarchs could be seen drifting overhead all over Cape May, and gardens that still have some blossoms were visited frequently. Most of the seaside goldenrod on the dunes has gone to seed, but a few monarchs found nectar on the remaining blossoms, as seen above.
It's not realistic to expect many more monarchs this year, but I imagine that there will still be more than a few in Cape May Point tomorrow. As long as we don't get a freeze, and none is in the current forecast, we're likely to have a few lingering monarchs into November. But after the next day or two I wouldn't expect more than a few.