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Monarch Butterflies Migrating in South Dakota Fall 2014

September 11
People counted monarchs roosting by the hundreds, feeding by the dozens, and flying overhead at rates up to 16 monarchs per minute. Comparative counts reveal migration pathways — and are pointing to a larger population this year. Image: Alinda Wiarda

Monarch Butterfly Fall Migration Roost

September 4
Monarchs are on the move — flying, nectaring, and roosting. This year's larger numbers are a hopeful sign.

Image: Randy Klouk

Monarch Butterfly Fall Migration Roost

August 28
The monarchs are on their way to Mexico! Observers along the migration trail are reporting clear signs of migration.

Image: Pat Swerkstrom

Monarch Butterfly

August 21
Welcome to Fall Migration 2014! Share your sightings and help tell the story of the monarch's journey south

Image: Amy Evoniuk

Monarch butterfly migration

Get Ready!
Get ready to track the monarch's migration to Mexico. Beginning August 21st, weekly news updates will be posted on Thursdays.

Image: Bud Hensley

Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed Summer 2014

August
The magnificent migratory generation is developing. Watch for signs of southward movement in mid-August.

Image: Katie Hone

Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed

July
Breeding is in full force and the population is growing with each new generation.

Image: Darleen Horman

Monarch Butterfly laying egg on milkweed Archived Seasons

Explore previous migration seasons:

Image: Frank Matheson

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