Who are these migratory insects? Butterflies, moths, dragonflies, bugs, aquatic beetles, aphids, flies, and more. In Pennsylvania, 22% of our 156 recorded species are migrants. They include the beloved Monarchs, Painted and American Ladies, Red Admirals, Variegated Fritillaries, and Question Marks.
Migratory insects need the same conservation support as birds. Go native in your own yards, and support open space preservation and restoration projects that embrace native vegetation. As you watch for migratory hawks this fall, look for tinier travelers in the air and you’re likely to find some Monarchs and dragonflies. If you find yourself at the shore, they tend to fly along the dunes.
Karen Campbell, a member of Lehigh Valley Audubon and FocusOnNatives.com provided the content and images for this article.