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Drone Disguised as Hummingbird Captures Incredible Footage of Monarch Butterfly Swarm (Original Post) Silver1 Mar 2021 OP
Incredible is right. Thanks. NT enough Mar 2021 #1
Absolutely stunning, I was so lucky to be in the middle of their migration in the early 80's. lark Mar 2021 #2
That sounds just incredible. Silver1 Mar 2021 #4
I just wish cell phones had been around then so I could have recorded it. lark Mar 2021 #5
Heaven on earth for a brief time. liberalmuse Mar 2021 #7
It was absolutely transcendent. lark Mar 2021 #10
Thank you for sharing. Ferrets are Cool Mar 2021 #3
I have seen this. In a secluded area along a stream a few AndyS Mar 2021 #6
There is a place I hike that some years has hundreds of Monarchs, but nothing like that. Hoyt Mar 2021 #8
For anyone who can do it ... Silver1 Mar 2021 #9

lark

(22,779 posts)
2. Absolutely stunning, I was so lucky to be in the middle of their migration in the early 80's.
Wed Mar 10, 2021, 08:54 AM
Mar 2021

Went to a new (at that time) state park & beach, Andrew Molera, in Oct. to explore. There was a grove of eucalyptus (their fave) and we noticed that it looked strange so walked down to see what the orange flashes were. There were tons of monarchs all in cascade mode, all around us. We stopped and held out our arms and the monarchs were alighting on us for a few seconds before flying away. The air was nothing but fluttering monarchs. They'd fly up to the leaves, align themselves, and whole long leaves would be covered in seconds and a few seconds later uncovered as they flew off and new butterflys alighted. it was definitely the most transcendent minutes of my life. I wish everyone could get to experience butterfly air.

Silver1

(721 posts)
4. That sounds just incredible.
Wed Mar 10, 2021, 09:03 AM
Mar 2021

You're so lucky to have wandered into it ... one of "those" moments in life.

lark

(22,779 posts)
5. I just wish cell phones had been around then so I could have recorded it.
Wed Mar 10, 2021, 09:05 AM
Mar 2021

My memory of it will never dull though, just the absolute thrill and peace of it. It was so quiet you could hear the wings rustling, just like in the video, although the actual experience tops that by a mile, stunning as it is.

liberalmuse

(18,665 posts)
7. Heaven on earth for a brief time.
Wed Mar 10, 2021, 09:33 AM
Mar 2021

I miss seeing the Monarch butterfly’s like I did as a kid. They aren’t as common anymore in the places I’ve lived out West. What a breathtaking experience that must have been for you. I almost cried watching the clip OP linked to. I can’t imagine how it would feel being in the midst of that.

lark

(22,779 posts)
10. It was absolutely transcendent.
Thu Mar 11, 2021, 08:37 AM
Mar 2021

My friend and I just stood there with our mouths open, taking it in. Then we started gently laughing when the butterflies were landing on our arms and tickling as they moved around. Sometimes in life you get gifts, this was one of the major ones and I am so thankful for the experience.

AndyS

(14,559 posts)
6. I have seen this. In a secluded area along a stream a few
Wed Mar 10, 2021, 09:19 AM
Mar 2021

Miles outside Boerne, Tx. It is the reason I have never been without a camera, even for a moment, since. That was more than 50 years ago.

 

Hoyt

(54,770 posts)
8. There is a place I hike that some years has hundreds of Monarchs, but nothing like that.
Wed Mar 10, 2021, 09:41 AM
Mar 2021

Other years, I don't see them for some reason.

That video is magical. Thanks.

Silver1

(721 posts)
9. For anyone who can do it ...
Wed Mar 10, 2021, 10:14 AM
Mar 2021

planting nectar flowers attracts monarchs and helps to feed them while they migrate. There are lists of the nectar plants they like. I understand milkweed is indispensable.

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