the journey of the Monarch butterfliesJanuary 11, 2020
Monarch butterflies are known for the incredible mass migration that brings millions of them to California and Mexico each winter.
North American monarchs are the only butterflies that make such a long journey—up to 3,000 miles. The insects must begin this journey each fall ahead of cold weather, which will kill them if they wait too long.
February and March: The final generation of hibernating monarch butterflies wakes up to find a mate. They migrate north and east to find a place to lay their eggs (stage one and generation one of the new year for the monarch butterfly).
March and April: The eggs are laid on milkweed plants. In about four days, baby caterpillars (larvae) hatch. The baby caterpillars eat the milkweed to grow. In about two weeks, the caterpillar is fully-grown and find a place to attach itself so it can start the process of metamorphosis. It attaches itself to a stem or leaf using silk and transforms into a chrysalis. The chrysalis phase takes about ten days. It looks like nothing is happening from the outside, but it is a time of rapid change. The old body parts of the caterpillar are going through a transformation (metamorphosis) to become the beautiful parts that make up the butterfly that will emerge. The monarch butterfly will emerge from the pupa and fly away, feeding on flowers and enjoying the short life it has left, which is only about two to six weeks. This first generation monarch butterfly will die after laying eggs for generation two born in May and June, and then the third generation is born in July and August. These monarch butterflies will go through the same four-stage life cycles the first generation did, dying two to six weeks after it becomes a beautiful monarch butterfly. In late fall, the adult monarch butterflies (4th generation) migrate to warmer places like Texas, then Mexico, to complete their life cycle.
Thank you, Wikipedia.org
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.
On the way to find the Monarchs
Lupa our guide- she does this job on weekends and holidays
And then they started flying and flying, and our inner soul just found this internal peace when we realize how amazing it is to be part of such a fantastic world. We are no more or no less we are one part!
As we took pictures and even filmed some footage there is no way to capture the peace, beauty and natures miracle at its finest.
Enjoy the movie! and thanks for watching.