We had beautiful weather today so at lunchtime I decided to head to Woodham Park on Woodham Road. Every Autumn / Winter there are Monarch butterflies ‘over wintering’ in this park – clustering in their hundreds in the large trees. I didn’t see any clusters today – it may be too early yet, but I did capture quite a few single butterflies on various vegetation.
The park is a beautiful spot even without the butterflies, but the butterflies fluttering by make it just magical.
I waited and waited for this shot – I hoped that a monarch would land on the autumn leaves and one finally did, though I’d have preferred if it had of landed in the sunny spot!
And here’s why I think the Monarch’s like this park so much – there’s a ready source of nectar with this beautiful camellia in flower.
A somewhat tired looking Monarch Butterfly in a blossom tree near the Christchurch hospital (by the river).
A lovely day today with lots of sunshine, so nice to go around the park for a little walk and enjoy the rays.
The beautiful Monarch Butterfly in Woodham Park. Over winter they cluster together in large groups in large trees in parks and reserves that are close to a source of nectar.
The monarch butterflies have started ‘over wintering’ in Christchurch’s parks again. You can see them en-mass clumped together in the trees of various parks all around Christchurch. These ones are in Abberley Park in St Albans.
A monarch butterfly that happened to flutter in my direction at lunchtime today. There are a few of them about now and I have a few swan plants with Monarch caterpillars on them – they’ve got a bit of growing to do yet before they go into their cocoon.