This newly hatched, local monarch butterfly, who setransformation from caterpillar to butterfly is a bit ahead of the usual scheduled. The eastern North American monarch population is notable for its annual southward late-summer/autumn migration from the United States and southern Canada to Mexico. So after this lady deposits her eggs, she will head out to join the monarch fall migration, which covers thousands of miles. Because of dwindling habitat caused by human development, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Center for Food Safety filed a legal petition last year requesting Endangered Species Act protection for the monarch and its habitat, as its numbers are now falling dramatically. Photo by Lindsay Mulliken. To see the entire issue of today's paper, click on "Your Virtual Newspaper" above.
Today is July 23, 2015.