Each new season brings with it flowers, insects, and other wildlife we didn't see much of in the previous months, and that's cause for some serious excitement. One species we look forward to seeing each year is butterflies, and this spring there's a specific, and beloved, butterfly type that's coming out to play. Monarch butterflies in the South USA are finally filling the skies, and you can help track exactly when they'll be in town.
Spring migration for monarch butterflies happens from March to June each year, and if you've spotted one in Oklahoma or Texas as of late, chances are they traveled there from Mexico.
According to Journey North, which tracks migrations and seasons of monarch butterflies, as of Thursday, April 16, the monarchs in Mexico were no longer sporting a bright orange on their wings.
This means a new generation of monarchs is coming to the north of Mexico, and the latest sightings have been in Oklahoma and Texas.
If you're from either state, then you know that the weather has been anything but consistent these last few days.
Weather is a key factor as to how and where the monarchs travel, which is why our reports on our monarch butterfly sightings are so helpful.
To report your sightings, you can fill out a form on Journey North here.
The form will have you log in or create an account if you're not already registered, select a species or event, and from there you'll be able to share your sighting.
Whether you spot one, two, or a cluster of them, it's important for scientists and researchers to have firsthand accounts of their whereabouts.
No one can be everywhere at once, so this is definitely a team effort.
Keep your peepers peeled for black and orange wings in your neighborhood! Chances are they're after some milkweed.