Sighting for November 13, 2015

Scott Anderson

Folly Beach, mile north of pier
Charleston County, SC

Very magical day today. Witnessed the fall mass migration of Monarchs and Gulf Fritillaries. We didn’t have to move. For more than 5 hours the Monarchs and Fritillaries moved down along the beach over the wild grasses, plants and sand dunes. Conservative estimate by two of us was 5-10 per minute sustained for the whole time. Easily saw a thousand of each species. I saw more of these two species today than the accumulation of all the other days of my life. There were so many butterflies we were laughing trying to count them.

  • Gulf Fritillary 1000+
  • Monarch 1000+