|FUN FACTS ABOUT THE WORLD WE LIVE IN|
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.
- CFK STAFF
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