Monday, September 20, 2010

Newark Avenue Butterfly

I am not an expert in lepidopterology but I bet this is a Monarch. Sunday Morning I saw it flutter down Newark Avenue before alighting on these flowers outside the Tender Shoot. An attempt to get one more flight and lay some caterpillar eggs before the winter comes on. Butterflies are not strangers to Jersey City, but on Newark Avenue, a half block up from Grove? Might be a first. I have a theory why the butterflies have come back this year. Last year, as part of the streetscaping, city fathers installed planters. A little prefabricated foliage to accentuate the fresh concrete of the sidewalks. Butterflies can now hop from tree to bouquets. Just a theory. See you next year, Monarch.

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