Monarch Butterflies

Did you know that Monarch butterfies Migrate for the

Winter just like some birds do? Monarchs do not like the

cold so the fly deep into Mexico where they will me close

the equator. After the cold spell is over, Monarch butterflies make that long journey into North America and

even some parts of Canada.


As they begin their jouney South, they will make many

stops at their favorite places on they way down south.

Many of these places are full of trees such as Pine Trees

or Eucalyptus Trees. They travel in colonies and during

the night or when it gets too cold for them, they clump

up together to keep each other warm. As they clump up

together they will often keep flapping their wings to help

keep their temperature up. Butterflies actually shiver

when they are cold, just like people do.


During the day the butterflies will fly around from tree to

tree and sometimes land on the ground, or even on a person. It's important to remember how delicate a

butterfly is. They have a very thin layer of dust on their

wings that helps them remain healthy and safe. If a

Monarch Butterfly lands on or around you it is important

to remember this. Try not to touch the wings because this

can remove that protective layer of dust. cup them from

the bottom to keep them safe. If they are shivering, you

can help keep them warm by cupping your other hand

over them. Just try not to touch the wings while cupping

them. If you're careful, you can also hold them from the

body like in the image to the right.


As they make their way south they may also lay eggs in

plants like Milkweed. As the baby developes it will turn

into a caterpillar, a long, almost inch-worm looking

creature. The caterpillar feeds on the Milkweed as it

grows. At sometime in the developement, the caterpillar goes into a protective shell called a cocoon. When the cocoon finally opens up, out will come a beautiful butterfly. This transformation from caterpillar to butterfly takes place inside the cocoon.


Much like bees and other insects, butterflies serve a

purpose for the ecosystem. They collect and transport

pollen helping nature keep up it's garden. Plants and

butterflies have a symboitic relationship, which means

they rely on each other to flouish.


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