Nov 8, 2013 5:46 PM by Jeanette Trompeter
(Photo by Benson Ricks)
At last count just a few days ago, there were 25-thousand Monarch butterflies calling the grove off Highway 1 home for winter.
From late October to February, the butterflies cluster in the limbs of a grove of Eucalyptus trees at Pismo State Beach. The grove is easy to get to. It is located on State Highway 1 at the south boundary of the city limits of Pismo Beach.
Volunteer docents are on site now offering daily talks and information.
The butterflies form dense clusters with each one hanging with its wing down over the one below it to form a shingle effect. This provides shelter from the rain and warmth for the group. The weight of the cluster help keeps it from whipping in the wind and dislodging the butterflies.