Drone Disguised as Hummingbird Captures Incredible Footage of Monarch Butterfly Swarm
A beautiful video of the monarchs at rest ...
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.
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.
I miss seeing the Monarch butterflys like I did as a kid. They arent as common anymore in the places Ive lived out West. What a breathtaking experience that must have been for you. I almost cried watching the clip OP linked to. I cant imagine how it would feel being in the midst of that.
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.
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.
Other years, I don't see them for some reason.
That video is magical. Thanks.
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.