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August 30th, 2006, 03:02 PM
Jacob Riis Park

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August 30th, 2006, 03:23 PM
superbe, great

August 31st, 2006, 01:43 PM
Yes, very cool.

September 19th, 2006, 09:32 AM
Fishermen take over the beach.

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September 19th, 2006, 10:26 AM
Bravo, j'adore cette ambiance de photo, great zippythechimp (as usual :):))

September 26th, 2006, 04:42 PM
Two Monarch butterflies pause on their 2500 mile trip to winter in Central Mexico. Thousands can be seen moving west along the Rockaway shore.

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September 26th, 2006, 07:49 PM
Two Monarch butterflies pause on their 2500 mile trip to winter in Central Mexico.
How on earth do they manage that?

Do they sleep? At 2mph, it would take seven weeks.

Astounding. Or should I say, "miraculous"?

September 27th, 2006, 01:20 PM
There's still lots of mystery.

Depending on where they start out from, the trip takes about two months.

The only known insect that flies this far.

They rest on plants when the going gets rough. Too windy, I guess.

They have been observed at several thousand feet up, so they may take advantage of air currents.

The group that makes the migration south is 3rd or 4th generation from those that migrate north in the spring. The first generation that hibernates may only travel north as far as Texas, where they lay eggs. Successive generations move further north as the weather warms. The generation that is alive in early autumn is the one that migrates to Mexico (east of the Rockies) or Southern California (west of the Rockies). So they're responsible for the continuation of the species.

They eat milkweed leaves as caterpillars, which makes them poisonous to most birds.

They can't fly if the temp goes below 55 degrees.

Estimated that 300 million make it to hibernation.

September 29th, 2006, 01:34 PM
I saw Monarchs yesterday and they were heading south along Kennedy Blvd and Washington St. Downtown. It's amazing how many there are. I also saw a group heading south past my house. They are truly amazing creatures.

September 29th, 2006, 09:55 PM
A skyfull of Monarchs in Mexico (http://www.acloserlooktours.com/michoacan.html) ...


More (http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/monarch/GalleryLocation.html) on Monarchs in Mexico

September 29th, 2006, 10:02 PM
Some fantastic photos of Monarchs in Mexico (all Copyright 2003, Jim Cline) HERE (http://www.jimcline.com/colonialmex/monarch%20butterflies002.htm) ...





October 3rd, 2006, 02:43 PM
Science Times: Fly Away Home (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/03/science/03butter.html?ref=scie)