Danaus Plexippus

Danaus Plexippus, or the Monarch Butterfly, is one of the best-known American butterflies. Easily recognizable for its orange and black coloring, it is famous for its southern migration and northward return.”

In the last week or so, I have noticed more and more Monarch Butterflies hanging around where I live. I usually see them when I am on lunch duty at the school I work at. I might see one or two casually floating by as if it is out for a leisurely float without a care in the world. I don’t ever recall seeing them when I lived in Great Lakes State even though it is in the middle of their northern migration path. I remember seeing a film at school as a young child about the southern migration of these butterflies, and how whole forests of trees would be covered in Monarchs.

I think the Monarch migration can be a sign of fall that I’m missing in Southern Great Plains State. We’re halfway to November and the leaves here are still largely green; any color that I see is usually brown because instead of changing color, the leaves here just go straight to dead-brown and fall off. I miss the vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds of the maple trees. Maybe seeing the occasional Monarch butterfly can be my orange and tell me that fall is on the way.

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