Every year around this time we head outdoors for a special treat – the monarch butterfly! I love butterflies, but the monarch is among my absolute favorites.
This orange and black beauty is known as the “King of Butterflies.” Monarchs go through the same four stages in their life cycle as other butterflies, meaning that they begin as eggs, hatch as a larva (a.k.a. caterpillar), grow and develop into a pupa, and emerge as butterflies.
What makes these insects unique is that every year the fourth generation of adult butterflies do not die after several weeks. Instead, they migrate in fall to California and Mexico where they hibernate until spring. Then, the return home to begin the cycle again the following year!
Fun Fact – New research has just discovered that superior wing structure is the reason that females typically outperform males on the annual migration flight.
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