Like Birds, Butterflies Are Preparing to Migrate South

NORFOLK, NE — Did you know, like birds, butterflies migrate south?

According to Nebraska Extension Educator, Wayne Ohnesorg says, “This time of year we are looking at fall migration, they are all heading south right now. you’ll see them on flowers that provide them the nectar for energy as they fly south.”

The wind direction is a factor on how many butterflies you’ll see on a particular day. Ohnesorg says if we get wind from the north, you’ll see more movement from the butterflies heading south.

Depending on the plants you have in your yard, you could be attracting the insect.

“They often eat thistles and can get into soybean fields and other crops we grow. They can even get on weedy plants too, so there are some weed control that can happen, granted it’s not a lot, but they can have an impact it that manner.”

The monarch migration usually starts in about October of each year, but can start earlier if the weather turns cold sooner than that.