Monarchs are Everywhere!

Nov 28th, 2011 | By | Category: Youth Blog

The weather is getting cold and Monarch butterflies have been seen all over the place. They are migrating to a warmer place for the winter.

Every year monarch butterflies migrate. They are cold-blooded so they need to be in a    warmer climate to survive. They also need to be near flowers so they can’t live in cold    climates where flowers do not continually grow.

A monarch’s migration starts sometime around August or September. They usually head to places like Mexico or California. They can come from as far away as Canada, so it’s a lot of work for a little butterfly to make its way to a warmer climate.

Deforestation is hurting monarch butterflies and has led to a reduction of their numbers. There are efforts by groups who are trying to get the monarch butterfly classified as a protected specie. A lot of people are trying to make habitats for them, as well.

Monarchs eat flowers from the milkweed family. If you plant a medium-to-large pot of flowers for them in your yard, it would really help. It’s simple to do and it’s a fun project. I got a list of flowers from Wikipedia that you could plant to help feed monarchs on their journey south or when they are back in the neighborhood. So start planting!!!

  • Indian Hemp
  • California Milkweed
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • Common Milkweed
  • Butterfly Weed
  • asters
  • thistles
  • Wild Carrot
  • Teasel
  • Horseweed
  • Spotted Joe-Pye Weed
  • Common Boneset
  • Dame’s Rocket
  • Alfalfa
  • golden rods
  • Lilac
  • Red Clover
  • Tall Ironweed

Sources:

Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarch_%28butterfly%29

The Butterfly Site

http://www.thebutterflysite.com/butterfly-migration.shtml

 

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