I thought I had finally seen a monarch butterfly this summer when I spotted this bright orange and black butterfly near the Beaver River in Clarksburg. Managed a few pictures of it, mostly hidden behind the Joy-Pye-Weed. But alas, when I got it home and enlarged it a bit, it's a viceroy, not a monarch - nothing against the viceroys, but where are the monarchs?!
You can watch the progress of the monarch migration on the website 'Monarch Butterfly Journey North', a citizen science website where you can submit your own observations. It even has maps that show the pattern of the migration. Could we be seeing the beginning of the end of the monarch butterfly?