How high can Monarchs fly?

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    Jacqui
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    People often ask me how high Monarchs fly, and this post may be of interest (from Paul Cherubini who is in California).

    (Remember it’s Fall/Autumn in North America.)

    Helen Laura provided this photograph:

    http://i959.photobucket.com/albums/ae78/18R-C/bigpinei-1.jpg

    taken at 7,500 ft. in the Big Pine Creek area just before Bishop, Ca.

    According to Paul Cherubini, Monarchs love those high Sierra rabbitbrush flowers in Sept and October:

    http://i959.photobucket.com/albums/ae78/18R-C/conway.jpg

    Paul says that Big Pine Creek rises high into the east slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains west of the town of Big Pine, Calif.

    Paul says that from its appearance and behavior I can tell the butterfly is a migrant in reproductive diapause and will likely fly to the coastal area between Ventura and San Luis Obispo within the next 5-8 days.

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