Speechless Sunday History Lesson ~ Discovering the Monarch Butterfly!
Monarch Butterflies are probably one of the most known of all the North American Butterfly species. The monarch is famous for its southward late summer/autumn migration from the United States and southern Canada to Mexico and coastal California, and northward return in spring, which occurs over the lifespans of three to four generations of the butterfly.
Every fall, millions of of Monarch Butterflies head south to their wintering homes in the mountains of the Mexico region Sierra Chincua preserve. Over the years these little winged creatures eluded scientist until they were discovered in 1975. Scientist still don’t understand how they know where to go.
Monarch Butterflies today only have 2.9 acres where they congregate each year compared to the 22 acres they once occupied a decade ago. Monarchs in North America make massive southward migrations starting in August until the first frost. There is a northward migration in the spring. The monarch is the only North American butterfly that migrates both north and south as the birds do regularly, but no individual makes the entire round trip. Female monarchs lay eggs for the next generation during these migrations.
Monarch butterflies go through four stages during one life cycle, and through four generations in one year, the egg, the larvae (caterpillar), the pupa (chrysalis), and the adult butterfly. The fourth generation of monarch butterflies is a little bit different than the first three generations. The fourth generation is born in September and October and goes through exactly the same process as the first, second and third generations except for one part. The fourth generation of monarch butterflies does not die after two to six weeks. Instead, this generation of monarch butterflies migrate to warmer climates like Mexico and California and will live for six to eight months until it is time to start the whole process over again.
Thank you for taking time to read and respect the life cycle of these amazing creatures, some day's I just don't feel like writing about real estate and wanted to share my passion for God's beautiful winged Monarchs.