Last September was the month of the butterflies. I saw them fluttering around the trees near my apartment. They drifted by me as I walked at lunchtime. I counted more than a dozen monarch butterflies many of the days.
My Mom came to visit on the second weekend in September. We walked in the Arboretum on Monday afternoon. Monarch and red admiral butterflies and bees competed for the flowers on a seven-son flower tree.
Both the monarchs and the red admirals spend the winter months in warm places south of here. They travel hundreds of miles fluttering and drifting on their fragile wings. The butterflies in the photographs could have started their lives in Canada only stopping for a meal at the seven-son flower tree on their way south.
Monarch butterflies and bees on a Seven-son flower tree at the Iowa Arboretum, September 14, 2015.
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ps. The “HD” button on the video switches the resolution between high-definition and standard-definition.