Helping The Monarchs On Their Migration


The male Monarch had distinct black marks on top of its lower set of wings, while the female does not. (Photo by Michael Rogers)

If you keep a careful eye out, occasionally you'll see a Monarch butterfly. Up in the air, well above most people's gaze, the Monarch flits along in a seemingly erratic flight, though it is very much flying toward a destination.

Perhaps the most fascinating part of the Monarch butterfly's story is its migration. Monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains migrate to a single area in Mexico for the winter. Come spring, they return to points as far north as Canada. What makes this an even more fascinating animal migration is that no single butterfly makes the entire journey; the round trip is the w...

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