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Although it’s been a dry summer and monarch sightings have been sparse here at the Farmstead in central Maine, these amazing pollinators continue to stop by to visit, lay eggs on our milkweed plants, emerge from their chrysalides, metamorphose into monarch butterflies and fly off on their annual migration to winter inMexico, where their life cycle will begin again next spring… ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author and monarch butterfly advocate 

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  1. Bette, astonishingly beautiful photos of the Monarch butterflies. I so enjoyed the post and photos. Have a grand week ahead. oxox

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  2. So gorgeous, Bette. I love these butterflies, and what a great description ‘king of the castle’.

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  3. What a beautiful picture, Bette.

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  4. Thank you for sharing wonderful pictures!!.. glad that you have Monarchs… haven’t seen any here so far, use to have hundreds of them… but change is the law of life and perhaps they chose another path and hope it is for the better!… 🙂

    Until we meet again…
    May your day be touched
    by a bit of Irish luck,
    Brightened by a song
    in your heart,
    And warmed by the smiles
    of people you love.
    (Irish Saying)

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    • Hi, Larry! Have only sighted 16 monarchs so far this summer… It’s been so dry that the milkweed and other blooms are pitiful. We haven’t seen many bees either. May the prospects for creatures great and small improve as we seek to preserve and protect. ❤ Thanks so much for your visit and lovely note, my friend. May your blessings be bountiful always! xo

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  5. Wonderful photos! Excellent shot! Cute butterflies! Thanks for sharing 👌👌

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  6. […] Silent Sunday – King of the Castle […]

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  7. Such gorgeous photos, Bette. I’m glad you were able to capture them!

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  8. Beautiful, Bette!

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  9. Beautiful photos, Bette. ❤ ❤

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  10. Beautiful photos, Bette. We got turned down when we asked to make a butterfly garden, but Gene is busy sneaking butterfly bushes and milkweed into the woods and meadow anyway. Maybe when the homeowners take over the HOA in a few years. Right now we have to kowtow to the developer.

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  11. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing Bette.

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  12. Gorgeous!❤️

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  13. petespringerauthor said:

    Incredible photos. It’s so fascinating to see butterflies pollinating plants while drinking their nectar.

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  14. I am glad there are so many people in the USA who are interested in conserving these butterflies, Bette.

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  15. I actually saw a couple of tiger swallowtails this summer, but no monarchs. I don’t know if this area was ever home to many of them. If so, it was before I move here. I hope them will come back. We have a hideous garden FULL of butterfly weeds. Good thing the birds like the seeds too!

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    • It’s been a crazy year for gardens and pollinators here too, Marilyn… Normally, there is not a day from May to September when we don’t spot a butterfly or two or three or more–not this year. I’ve only sighted 14 Monarchs to date. They’re sipping on phlox now–which was very late to bloom and blossoms are not as bright and extensive as usual. Cheers and best wishes to all of our amazing pollinators. We need them to survive! ❤ Sending lots of love your way! xoxo

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  16. I love the monarch photos, so regal!

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  17. A great pictures, so detailed.

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  18. Such beautiful photography. It amazes me that they travel for such a long distance for the winter.

    Have a fabulous day and week, Bette. Big hug. ♥

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  19. Your Silent Sunday was spectacular, Bette. Love the king of the castle.

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  20. The butterfly closeups are amazing, Bette. Now to read the post. . . .

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