Butterfly Migration In Kansas

Monarch butterfly lands on a purple aster blossom.

It’s a lovely time of year

Have you ever felt guilty driving down the highway and seeing a bug smash against your windshield? I want to warn all you Kansas drivers to be a little extra cautious on the highway for the next couple of weeks. Why you ask? Butterflies are making their migration through Kansas!

Our vehicles drove enough miles to travel around the world 13.5 times last year, and we see some crazy things on the road. This week we have had several technicians report butterflies covering roads and plants all over the state! And even more, clients asking about why they are seeing so many butterflies in their backyards right now. Our answer is, “We are enjoying the beautiful phenomena of the butterfly.”

Monarch butterflies start their migration from the north by late August traveling 10-30 miles per hour up to 80 miles per day. They will land in Kansas in mid-September feeding on lots of wildflowers, goldenrod, milkweed, and aster.

Enjoy the next few weeks, make sure to wish the butterflies a safe trip to Mexico while they are filling up your backyard.