One of the most recognizable butterfly species, the orange and black monarch, is preparing for an epic migration, and Middlesex County can give you an up-close look at this natural phenomenon.
As host of a Monarch Waystation, East Jersey Old Town Village is a great location to observe and learn all about the monarchs and their behavior. Monarch Waystations provide host plants like milkweed and nectar-bearing flowers for the butterflies. These plants allow them to gain energy to migrate.
This free event will take place at 2 p.m. on August 20 at the Indian Queen Tavern at East Jersey Old Town Village, 1050 River Rd., Piscataway.
Rutgers Master Gardener Stephanie Karoly will discuss these amazing creatures, as well as the black swallowtail, which was named the official state butterfly in 2016.
Funding for “Magnificent Monarchs” is provided in part by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey Historical Commission/New Jersey Department of State.