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Friday, March 27, 2015

Photo Share: Monarchs are migrating north

Monarchs on Verbena Bonariensis, Great Butterfly plant! - Holly
At last! The news we've all been waiting for came from Estela on March 24th:
"Hundreds of monarchs are flying over Angangueo —right now—with a clear direction northward! I am quite sure this is the mass leaving. It's a wonderful sunny day, and a gentle north wind is assisting the monarchs as they begin their long journey." -the Journey North
Monarch Butterfly Migration MapThe first Monarch you see in the spring may be the grandchild of the last Monarch you saw in the fall. Spring is a critical time for monarchs. Their numbers are at their lowest point at this time of year. The old generation is dying. A new generation must grow and survive. You can track their migration on the Monarch Butterfly Migration Map.

Related Articles:
- Do Monarch Butterflies just wake up in the spring? http://goo.gl/5tkUk
- Monarch migration route http://goo.gl/L66ty
- Punctuation Butterflies: The First Butterfly of Spring! http://bit.ly/JHUpG1  
- How Fast Does a Monarch Butterfly Fly? http://bit.ly/ywhpZr
- Did you know butterflies have ears on their wings? http://bit.ly/x04qEi
  
Thank you Holly for sharing your photos of monarchs! If anyone else would like to share a photograph of nature send it to bloubird@gmail.com and I'll put it on the Friday Photo posts. 

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