More pictures from CT’s Sherwood Island Park, taken at occasional stops during the month
of Oct. 07, the last time on the 22nd... By now the influx of butterflies had ebbed to a trickle. Goldenrods had faded, after a few rainstorms, but there would be a different mix
for the nutritional needs of the Monarchs.
<Photo of a monarch in flight, descending on a Butter and Eggs flower>

One of the flowers unaffected or even enhanced by the change in weather were the low
growing Butter and Eggs, also known as Common Toadflax. Also of interest to the journeying insects at this location are Thistles and Clover flowers. Not to forget Queen Anne’s Lace
(see lowest pics), fairly common in fields and meadows. Goldenrods don’t seem entirely out
of the picture either, as we can see on the next images with the plant gone to seed. That is
how they progress from the middle of October to the end of fall.
Butterflies often share a feeding spot with other insects, even creatures like the one below,
an ermine moth - Ailanthus webworm or Atteva aurea. One might mistakenly
think a Monarch (...) at a stage between Chrysalis and fully winged creature.

<A in close-up photo of a Monarch butterfly sharing a branch with an ermine moth. Plus 2 images of a Monarch with badly damaged wings>

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