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Royal Visitor MONARCH 2015 Haiku basI’ve only spotted a dozen monarchs here at the farmstead in Central Maine this summer. Recently, two delightful specimens danced around the garden where I encourage milkweed to grow alongside the flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables that we harvest. I grabbed my camera just in time to capture one of our regal visitors pirouette upon the peppermint. ~ Bette A. Stevens

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Comments on: "A Monarch Butterfly Haiku by Bette A. Stevens" (25)

  1. Reblogged this on mallie1025.


  2. MG WELLS said:

    Lovely and thanks for sharing. I have not seen a monarch for some time. Wishing to see one or more this summer. I am attempting to grow some sunflowers.


    • Thanks for stopping by for a chat, MG. Our milkweed is budding and hopefully the monarchs will come… I usually manage to get a dozen or so photos from late June to early September and each sighting is a thrill. ❤ Wishing you a summer filled with blessings and butterflies! xo


  3. That is a great haiku! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!


  4. This is a beautiful photo, Bette! I haven’t seen many monarchs around this year in my part of Ontario.


  5. Cindy Harris said:

    Milk Weed here in Kansas is considered a noxious weed so many destroy them. We finally have some milkweed growing in our pasture, but they are too far away for me to see if any Monarch Butterflies land there. And I am sure by the time I walk to the plant any butterfly that had been there would fly away when they heard me approaching. Anyway, butterflies are always welcome on my property. Great Haiku!


  6. They are amazing, aren’t they? Thanks for the poem.


  7. Beautiful, Bette. I haven’t seen any monarchs around us, but lots of swallowtails.


    • Hi, Noelle. So glad you stopped in for a visit. I managed to capture (with camera) more winged jewels yesterday (orange with dark spots/will have to look up the species). These treasures are a sheer delight and never cease to inspire me. By the way, I am working on your questions… Hugs! ❤


  8. We have had a couple Monarch’s, but lately I am see mostly swallowtails.


    • I love all of our winged jewels, swallowtails among them, but monarchs have been a favorite of mine since childhood. Happy watching and thanks so much for stopping by for a visit! ❤

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  9. Milkwood grows naturally in my little cottage garden. I have seen a few monarchs this summer, but I used to see dozens. Keeping my garden filled with plants that attract butterflies, I hope to see more next year.


    • Same here, Barbara…looking forward to the return and regeneration of our monarch populations. They are such exquisite creatures and an indicator of how our environment is faring. Cheers for our magical monarchs!


  10. Love the Monarch’s. We get a few who rest on their way North and South. Lately they have been taking a different path so there are less of them.


    • Glad to hear you’ve spotted a few, too. We used to have so many more and that’s why I like to get the word out…They need us and we need these amazing pollinators too. Have an amazing day, my friend! 🙂

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  11. I haven’t seen a Monarch on Staten Island in many years. It’s my favorite butterfly. Great haiku verse, says so much in so few words.


  12. My milkweed has been blooming all summer. I saw some Monarchs early on as they migrated north, but none so far as they migrate south. Love, N 🙂 ❤


    • It’s such a delight to spot these gossimer creatures…think they’ll be heading your way from way up north soon. Thanks for stopping by, Natalie. Have an amazing day! Hugs, Bette


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