One Singular Sensation

Danaus plexippusI have not seen a Monarch caterpillar in New York City since 2010. Now, I haven’t been actively surveying for them, but whenever I see milkweed, I do look closer. Danaus plexippusSix years is way, way too long a period to go without. As you probably know, Monarch have taken a severe beating from habitat destruction and climate change. This year is forecast to be another bad year for them. For the adult, butterfly, stage, I rarely see more than one or two a day in season.Danaus plexippusSo even seeing one is heartening. And yesterday I saw precisely one, munching steadily away.Danaus plexippus(These were my phone pictures; I have a few more on my camera which I’ll post in a couple of days.)monInternet comrade Erin out on the other end of this long island has been raising a herd of Monarchs this summer, documenting their stages from egg to chrysalis and beyond. Check out her IG for pictures still and moving.

4 Responses to “One Singular Sensation”


  1. 1 Slow Nature Fast City September 16, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Great photos and post. I’m surprised that it has been so long since your last Monarch sighting. I see at least one a year in Manhattan. Nate and I saw one last week near the Hudson.

  2. 3 Susan September 16, 2016 at 10:36 am

    A beautiful creature. Thanks for capturing this.


  1. 1 Caterpillarpoop | Backyard and Beyond Trackback on October 8, 2016 at 8:02 am

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