More monarchs seen this migration season

October 11, 2014 12:02 PM

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Often a common sight at the shore in the fall, monarch butterflies cling to goldenrod blossoms on a windy day near the beach. Last year, there were few of the insects to be seen coming through the county, but this year more have been spotted, according to data collected on the Jersey Cape. (photo by Bill Barlow) After last year’s dismal showing, monarch butterflies are back in Cape May County, according to data collected by the Monarch Monitoring Project.

The project counts the number of monarchs seen by a single observer in a car driving slowly along a route starting at Higbee Beach in Lower Township, just south of the Cape May Canal, and continuing five miles through Cape May Point, passing a variety of habitat.

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