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settlers who came to North America, particularly those from England
and the Netherlands, were impressed by the sight of the beautiful
orange and black butterfly. They named it "monarch" after
William III, Prince of Orange, stadholder of the Netherlands, and
later King of England, Scotland and Ireland.
generations of monarch are produced each summer. The generation
that emerges in mid-to late-August is the one that migrates south
in early Fall. All of the monarch butterflies living west of the
Mississippi River migrate to winter roosts in California. Those
living in Canada, and states east of the Mississippi, migrate to
central Mexico. Instinct alone guides them on their long journey,
which can cover 1,500 to 2,000 miles. In central Mexico, monarchs
spend the winter months living in dense clusters on the branches
and trunks of oyamel trees.
late February and mid-March most monarchs begin their return north.
After mating multiple times, females will lay eggs on milkweed plants
all along their flight path. Since reproductively active monarchs
only live two to six weeks, it is their progeny that will continue
the journey northward. How new generations of monarch butterflies
find their way to the same roosts each year is a fascinating mystery
still not understood by scientists.
are the state butterfly in Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas, Vermont
and West Virginia.
© 2002 Dianne Harrah, Drawing © 2002 Bill Harrah.
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