Butterfly Gardens Gifts
Butterflies are iconic and symbolic. These amazing transformational
insects represent a special meaning to a lot of people.
Butterflies and butterfly designs on t-shirts, hats, mugs,
tote bags, sneakers, magnets, stickers, aprons, mouse pads,
speakers, and more.
Their 1800 Mile Flight to Freedom
The fall migration of Monarch butterflies is one
of those fascinating natural mysteries to which human
beings still do not have any answers. For centuries,
the black and orange Monarchs have been great winter
attractions in the Californian and Mexican regions.
However, no one had any clue to this huge influx of
Monarch butterflies in these regions.
In 1937, part of this mystery was unfolded through
the attempts of a researcher named F. A. Urquhart;
he began putting wing tags on the butterflies in order
to track their origins and whereabouts. His endeavors
bore results and it was brought to light that the
Monarch butterflies were original natives of the northern
regions. The winged beauties soared and glided in
the sunlit skies across USA from March through October.
Come winter, and they would migrate to the warmer
regions southwards to avoid the cold winds, returning
to their summer grounds in the wake of spring.
The migration and the life cycle of a Monarch butterfly
continue to puzzle human beings. Studies have established
that a Monarch butterfly completes a round trip only
once in its entire life cycle. With an average life
span of about 6-8 weeks (of one generation through
the various stages - egg, caterpillar, chrysalis,
butterfly), the migration chapter is not covered in
a single generation. In fact, it is the fourth generation
Monarch butterflies that take the long flights (ranging
to some 1800-2500 miles) from their summer homes to
their winter roosting spots traversing many mountains
and forests in their way.
The first three generations complete their life cycles
in the northern regions. The fourth generation butterflies
attain maturity at the onset of Fall. These adults
are slightly different from the summer adults; they
do not mate rather take to flight to keep warm. Monarch
butterflies east of the Rocky Mountains migrate to
the Oyamel fir trees of Mexico and the ones west of
the Rockies migrate to the eucalyptus trees of Pacific
Grove and surrounding areas in southern California.
The fall generation Monarchs hibernate in their warm
nesting grounds of Mexico and southern California
until the arrival of spring when they wake up to mate
and migrate back to the summer homes. There they lay
eggs and die.
In spite of the most sincere researching, Monarch
butterflies have remained an enigma for humankind.
We yet do not have any explanation to how these little
winged creatures keep revisiting the same trees year
after year and that being fourth generation offsprings!
About the Author
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