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Adirondack Chronicles 2018.4 – Monarchs Return!


The monarchs are back!  Beautiful orange, black and white monarch butterflies are all over the milkweed that stands in abundance along back roads and lakesides in the Adirondacks.  The appearance of the monarchs is a good sign for environmental health.  Monarchs lay their eggs on milkweed, but for decades the eradication of milkweed with chemicals and mowing destroyed the habitat not only for the butterflies but for other species.  Attention to environmental conservation and sustainable practices has begun the restoration process ensuring many future generations of monarchs and other insects.  Several other beautiful butterflies also love the milkweed, including the swallowtails and white admirals:

Swallowtails also love thistle:This was an exciting week in Supreme Court news and so I asked a resident chipmunk for his thoughts on the nominee, but he wanted to think about it some more:

The northern flicker was far more interested in finding the next delicious meal of insects and berries:

While along the beach this conclave of swallowtails enjoyed the late afternoon sun:

And far across the lake a loon took her chick for a ride:

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