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monarch butterflies

As they do every year, the Monarch Butterflies are now living in large clusters in our local parks. My photo from today is from Woodham Park on Woodham road – where the butterflies cluster in the large Gingko biloba (Maidenhair Tree) that’s not far from the playground.

Here’s a short video I captured as well.

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Each year I visit the parks around Christchurch to see the magnificent sight that is thousands of Monarch butterflies clustering together in the trees. I never tire of this! And, I always get the opportunity to introduce new people to this phenomenon – usually people in the park who wonder what I’m photographing up in the trees and then when they realise they are in shock at not having ever seen it before.

Here’s a little video I also made of the butterflies and placed onto my Facebook page:


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Monarch butterflies ‘clustering’ in the trees at Woodham Park in Linwood. The over winter here every year. It’s quite an amazing thing to see and I highly recommend you look up in your local park as you just don’t know what could be hiding in the trees.

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This monarch was most interested in the piece of tissue paper that was on top of the hedge in the park. We wondered if there was some tasting food morsels left on it.

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