Monarch Butterflies at Ellesmere Ravine: August 2020
At the spot where Ellesmere Ave. and Highland Creek intersect, there is a small parking lot and a few short trails.
Visit any meadow in bloom and you will invariably find butterflies flitting about.
They are helping our with the pollination of plants. Of the 200,000 species of animals which serve as pollinators, about 1,000 are birds, and bats, and other animals. The remaining 199,000 are insects.
Monarch Butterflies are especially attracted to the numerous Milkweeds found here:
Bright, bright, restless bright, through the sun-burnt meads, Wavers the butterfly; Ever across its path a pilot invisible leads A sylphid fleet of the thistle’s light and feathery seeds, And August passeth by. – Edith Matilda Thomas (1854–1925)