Monarch migration

Each year, we look forward to the fall migration of Monarch butterflies. In central Arkansas, they generally appear the first week or two of October. This year, we also had a chance to see them on the Floribama gulf coast, those butterflies following a route from the northeastern U.S. Compared to what we saw in Arkansas this year, the ones in Florida were so numerous, you could not go a few minutes without seeing another one southwest bound.

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Migrating Monarch butterfly lapping up nectar in Florida panhandle beach dune blossoms en route to its overwintering site in Mexico.
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Flying over Deer Lake State Park in Florida. 
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This photo, for me, somewhat captures the vastness of a Monarch’s migration from the Midlantic states, along the northern gulf coast and on to Mexico. 

Tarantula transformation

A tarantula is undergoing an involuntary transformation induced by the paralyzing sting of a tarantula hawk wasp. The wasp dragged the limp spider around a corner and up two stories to the eaves of the house, where the unfortunate arachnid became both unwilling nursemaid and pantry to a young wasp.

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