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Magnificent Monarch Migration ~ Day 355

I could not believe my eyes this morning. Out drinking my coffee, like most mornings. I saw a butterfly on my butterfly bush. Not just any butterfly but a Monarch butterfly. Grabbed my camera and went to snap some photos. I was amazed at the moment I had. As I stood there waiting for the best photo, there were three Monarchs fluttering around me, circling all around me. This went on for a couple of minutes. Just fluttering around me, as if to say hello, how are you this morning. I said hello to Dustin, my Mom and my Dad.

The annual migration of North America’s monarch butterfly is a unique and amazing phenomenon. The monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration as birds do. Unlike other butterflies that can overwinter as larvae, pupae, or even as adults in some species, monarchs cannot survive the cold winters of northern climates. Using environmental cues, the monarchs know when it is time to travel south for the winter. Monarchs use a combination of air currents and thermals to travel long distances. Some fly as far as 3,000 miles to reach their winter home.

Nature is beyond amazing, right?

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365 Photos Challenge Day 355

  • Did you know Monarchs migrate south each year?

    • Yes
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Written by Carol DM

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    • Do you mean the name Monarch? Yes they are like birds with their migration. Amazing how they remember the way. Like hummingbirds, they do the same thing. And they come back!

      Research says… The name “monarch” is believed to be given in honor of King William III of England, whose secondary title Prince of Orange makes a reference to the butterfly’s main color. The monarch was originally described by Carl Linnaeus in his Systema Naturae of 1758 and placed in the genus Papilio. In 1780, Jan Krzysztof Kluk used the monarch as the type species for a new genus Danaus.


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