Travel News September 17, 2019
Record Numbers Of Monarch Butterflies To Pass Through Texas Next Month
This spring saw a plentiful northward migration of monarch butterflies, and fall is shaping up similarly. Record numbers of the iconic insects are expected to pass through Texas next month, creating a spectacle unlike anything we’ve seen before.
Monarch butterflies migrate in both spring and fall. Record numbers are expected to pass over Texas in October, peaking between the 10th and 22nd.
Researchers couldn't be more excited because the species has been steadily declining for quite some time.
The predicted surge is promising, hinting a potential comeback of monarch butterflies.
Thousands of chrysalises have been spotted on farms all over the Hill Country.
It typically takes about ten days for them to hatch.
Next up is the caterpillar stage: one step closer to full development.
Sightings of these little guys are rolling in from all over the country, which means they'll be heading south soon upon sprouting wings.
Texas is an essential stopping point along the migration path, as it's where the butterflies build up fat stores to get them through winter in Mexico.
Several concerns, including wildfires, hurricanes, and pesticides raise concern among experts despite the anticipation.
Milkweed could be the insects' saving grace this season. Growing abundantly along the Llano River, this flower is a major food source for monarchs.
While anything could happen in the next month, all signs are pointing towards a robust migration.
Between roost counts, temperatures, abundance of larvae, and rainfall totals, we can expect to be thoroughly amazed.
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Have you ever witnessed a monarch butterfly migration? Let us know your thoughts and past experiences! Check out our previous article to read about the spring migratory path:
300 Million Monarch Butterflies Are Headed Straight For Texas This Spring.