Monarch Migration

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Get ready for flying color. The monarch butterfly — the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration as birds do — will be putting on a show in town soon. 

Each fall from the end of September until mid-October, monarchs migrate through the area on their 2,800-mile trip from the Northeastern United States and Canada to Mexico.

“We see more butterflies in the fall versus the spring,” says Tripp Williams, UGA extension office, Columbia County coordinator. “They’re not mating and laying eggs in the fall.”

If you’d like to attract butterflies and other pollinators to your yard, plant nectar-providing plants such as milkweed, native flower mixes, dill and fennel in natural, unmaintained, pesticide-free areas from the end of March through October. “Anything that has color to it and blooms is a great nectar source,” Williams says.