Monarch Butterfly Getting Nectar From Maple Tree?



In addition to the Cedar Waxwings behaving in an interesting way, I also witnessed a Monarch Butterfly do something I’ve never seen before.

Today, I released one of the Monarchs that eclosed a couple of days ago.  The Butterfly got a nice draft of wing, and gently floated to our Maple tree.  That’s when it became interesting.

I had no idea that a Maple tree would have any form of nectar, but as I was watching this Butterfly, I noticed that there were lots of Honeybees feeding off the Maple tree flowers.  As I continued to watch the Honeybees and Monarch Butterfly, I noticed that the Monarch was also feeding from the Maple tree flowers.

The next couple of days are supposed to have temperatures in the low 70′s, so hopefully the Butterfly can get some strength from the nectar then prepare for the really cold days we are supposed to have later in the week.

Monarch Butterfly Getting Nectar From Maple Tree Flower

Monarch Butterfly Getting Nectar From Maple Tree Flower

Monarch Spreading Wings On Maple Tree

Monarch Spreading Wings On Maple Tree

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