Migration of the Monarch Butterfly

SummerJade

Joined October 2008

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Monarch butterflies are not able to survive the cold winters of most of the United States. If the monarch lives in the Eastern states, usually east of the Rocky Mountains, it will migrate to Mexico and hibernate in oyamel fir trees. If the monarch butterfly lives west of the Rocky Mountains, then it will hibernate in and around Pacific Grove, California in eucalyptus trees. Monarch butterflies use the very same trees each and every year when they migrate, which seems odd because they aren’t the same butterflies that were there the last year. These are the new fourth generation of monarch butterflies, so how do they know which trees are the right ones to hibernate in? The flower bush is a buddleia, also called butterfly bush.

Canon EOS REBEL T1i, Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm
Adjusted in Corel Paint Shop Pro.
Location: Harkness State Park in the town of Waterford, Connecticut (USA).
Season: fall, September 27th.

Featured in The World As We See It on Nov. 3, 2012
Featured in The Beautiful East Coast on Nov. 19, 2012
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