This pair of Monarchs did not get the 411 that they are supposed to wait until next spring to mate!
Beginning in early spring, Monarchs depart Mexico. They lay eggs of the next generation and then perish. This next generation moves northward depositing their eggs on emerging milkweed. It takes four to five generations to reach the Monarch’s northern breeding grounds, of which Cape Ann is a part. The Monarchs that we see in the early summer only live for about four weeks.
The Monarchs that eclose at the end of the summer are a super generation of Monarchs. Another way to think about them is that they are also referred to as the ‘Methuselah’ Monarchs. This last brood of the summer lives for a very long time for a Monarch, about seven to eight months. The Methuselah Monarchs that we see migrating today will travel south all the way to the trans-volcanic forested mountains of central Mexico. They sleep through the winter in butterfly trees in a state of sexually immaturity known as diapause, then awaken in spring to move northward and deposit eggs of the next generation, thus completing the circle of the Monarch’s life.
So that brings us back to this atypical pair mating in the marshy meadow in September. Every year during the annual southward migration I see at least one pair of Monarchs mating. I wonder, will the pair survive and continue to migrate? Will their offspring survive and travel further south?
Please join me Saturday, October 5th, at 10:30 at The Stevens Coolidge Reservation in Andover for a Monarch Migration Celebration and for my conservation talk about the Monarchs. For more information, see here.
Enjoying every possible moment of this beautiful spell of Indian Summer weather ❤
THE ANNUAL ART AUCTION — now a big fundraiser for the Friends — is coming! Check these dates, mark them on your calendars — Support your library by purchasing a painting
LIVE AUCTION TOMORROW : Wednesday, October 2, –Starting at 6 PM PREVIEW PARTY — refreshments, and live music by Jeannine Lynch.7 PM Live Auction begins. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Join us in this fun event and get the chance to own these incredible original art works while supporting library programs! – Colleen Hogan Lopez, Friends of Sawyer Free Library
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We have had such gorgeous weather, as I was walking the beach noticed the interesting shadows and reflections.
October 6th at 06:00 pm
Join us for a special evening at Hammond Castle Museum. Enjoy a wine and hors d’oeuvres tasting and live jazz played on John Hays Hammond Jr.’s 1920 Chickering grand piano while learning about ongoing restoration efforts and new programming taking place at the museum.
Our generous sponsors for the evening include:
• Creative Catering
• East Meets West
• Gloucester Rental Center
• Henry’s Fine Foods
• New England Weddings Photography
• Seacoast Tent Rentals
• Timothy S. Hopkins Catering
• Vinwood Caterers
• Woodman’s of Essex
Tickets are $50.00 each and a portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. All proceeds will support restoration and programming at the Museum.
We went to the Studio last night for dinner and stopped to see if we could get a glimpse of the cruise ship departing. We had missed the ship, but caught the pretty sunset.
The Schooner Ardelle being dwarfed, gig rowers at the break water, seagulls bidding farewell, and a young girl saluting the “Zuiderdam”.
Santa and his helpers visited Hammond Castle last night preparing in advance for their upcoming visit with children of the area scheduled for Friday Dec 13 from 5-7 PM in the Great Hall of Hammond Castle.. That night, 80 children will receive a gift from Santa, as well as an opportunity for photos with Santa.Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken will be reading Twas the Night Before Christmas. It promises to be a magical night.
If you cannot wait until December 13, you might consider attending tonight’s showing of silent movie The Phantom of the Opera in the Great Hall of Hammond Castle from 7-9 PM, complete with accompaniment on the piano by Peter Krasinki. $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Contact Hammond Castle for further information
Many other events will be held in the upcoming weeks and I encourage you to visit the website for further information.
Thanks to Rebeccah Pearson and museum staff for a lovely evening!
Rachel, Soni, Katie and Alana!
Linda Harvey, Executive Director and Rebeccah Pearson, Shop Manager
Santa (John Cena Sr) and his helpers from Ice Queen Cosplay Princess Parties