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Laurie's Inspiration...

My friend, Laurie Holtan, (who many of you know through stamp club) lives in Maryland and she sent me beautiful pictures that she took of Monarch Butterflies on her butterfly bushes.  The first one she sent was this one of a tagged Monarch on her butterfly bush.  She read the tag and sent the reporting form to Monarch Watch.  They can track its path from where it was tagged to places along their migration route to Mexico!

Tagged Monarch

Laurie said that the Monarchs were in her yard for at least a week but that they are all gone now because of the chilly weather.  Here are some more of her fabulous photographs....

2 Monarchs on red flower

Three butterflies on the butterfly bush
Pumpkin Pie Monarch
Pumpkin Pie close up

And, then a sad note ~ who knew that a Praying Mantis would eat a butterfly?  I thought it was a beneficial insect that ate larger insects ~ beetles, grasshoppers and crickets.  Another picture from Laurie ~

Praying MantisShe said she found butterfly wings on the ground under her butterfly bush ~ now, we know why.  Laurie ~ THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE LOVELY PICTURES!!!  And, the insect lesson.

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