It's that time of year again! There are Monarchs in the air, and milkweed blooms by the roadside ...
Here's a neat little article from the Mass. Audubon Society, reminding us to plant and protect this V.I.P. (very important PLANT), and here's a page on the milkweed's greatest fan, the Monarch Butterfly. And finally, here's a link to a post I wrote last fall on our own Monarch experience, sad though it was ...
Mid-to-late summer is a great time of year to study butterflies, since they're so readily available to observe. If you don't often see them in your yard, a trip to any nature center or state park would provide you with plenty of specimens to admire ...
For nature study, a small journal could be filled with sketches, photographs, a design for a butterfly garden, a record of "butterfly sightings" and even poems collected or created. And there are so many crafts you could do!
But now that the milkweed is blooming, perhaps a focus on Monarchs would be fun? Their fall migration begins next month, so the time is ripe for monarch observation. I spotted several of them yesterday at the state park (though I only got one fuzzy picture). They're so large and striking - a bright blip in the blue sky, like the fiery summer sun itself.
You probably have your own favorite butterfly books, but here are a few of our favorites:
Monarch and Milkweed by Helen Frost
Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons
An Extraordinary Life by Laurence Pringle
Hurry and the Monarch by Antoine O Flatharta
(That last title we've actually not read - but I just made a request at the library!)
Well, my friends, I hope your week's going well. Is it Tuesday already? Goodness, time flies - especially summer-time it seems. We'll be busy at home today, preparing a few gifts for Bill - whose birthday it is, tomorrow. Something to cook, something to craft ... I'm sure you'll be hearing about that before long. :)
But before I go, may I ask you a quick question?
What was the last butterfly you saw? And where did you see it? If you have time, please leave a comment below!
Until next time, I leave you with my sincere thanks for reading, and a promise to see you again soon!