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Monarch butterfly migration

  1. 1. Monarch Butterfly Migration
  2. 2. Monarch Butterfly Migration My name is Chuck Melvin, I am 77 years old and have Parkinson’s Disease. My wife, Marsha, and I have married for 35 years. We need your help to pay for my increasing medical bills. Please visit our website: www.ButterflyLifeCycle.net My e-mail address is ChuckMelvin@ButterflyLifeCycle.net Please e-mail me to make suggestions or comments on how to improve our website.
  3. 3. Monarch Butterfly Migration Guinness World Record - 2880 Miles "A tagged male monarch, released by Donald A. Davis (Canada) at Presquile Provincial Park near Brighton, Ontario, Canada, on 10 September 1988, was recaptured on 8 April 1989 in Austin, Texas, U.S.A., traveling an estimated 2880 miles, making this the World's Longest Butterfly Migration. Donald A. Davis in Mexico
  4. 4. Monarch butterflies can produce four or five generations each year. The first three or four generations live for up to six weeks, hatching in spring and dying in fall when the weather starts to turn cold. The migrating generation lives for six to eight months. They hatch in the fall, migrate to a warmer climate, hibernate, then start a new first generation in the spring time.
  5. 5. Monarch Butterfly Migration Map
  6. 6. Monarch Butterfly Migration The generation that migrates lives for 8 months. The migration South starts in the fall and they hibernate after they reach their winter location. The return migration starts in late winter and early spring. The female Monarchs lay eggs as they travel North.
  7. 7. Monarch Summer Butterfly Generations There are 3 or 4 generations that only live 6 weeks, starting in the early spring and ending in the fall. The first generation is produced by the Migrating Generation in the Southern. Each future generation is generated by 1st through 3rd migrating North.
  8. 8. Monarch migration destination Angangueo, Mexico, is a good base for exploring the Monarch butterfly reserves
  9. 9. Angangueo is a good base for exploring the Monarch butterfly reserves. It is a picturesque mining town with cobblestone streets and wooden houses. Located at an altitude of nearly 8500 feet above sea level (2,580 meters), nights can be cold. Some hotels offer rooms with fireplaces which are a good option for the chilly nights in Angangueo. Hotel information http://gomexico.about.com/od/monarchbutterfly/ss/monarch_7.htm
  10. 10. Monarch Caterpillars only eat Milkweed leaves. There are over 90 species of Milkweed. USDA website shows a list of milkweed species and a map where they grow. http://plants.usda.gov/java/nameSearch In the Name Search box enter Milkweed, select “Common Name” from the dropdown menu directly underneath, then click “Go”. Click on a type of Milkweed to get all the information about it.
  11. 11. Top Butterfly is a male Monarch with two spots Bottom is a female, which has wider lines and no spots
  12. 12. Monarch Butterfly Facts A female Monarch butterfly lays about 200 eggs 6 Monarch Caterpillars can eat all the leaves off one milkweed plant
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