All Things Monarch

MONARCH FUN FACTS

  • A monarch caterpillar gains about 2,700 times its original weight, with a large caterpillar devouring an entire milkweed leaf in less than four minutes.
  • Monarch wings are orange to warn predators that the butterfly will taste bad or may be toxic.  Milkweed leaves contain toxins that monarchs accumulate in their bodies.
  • Monarchs fly 2,000 miles or more to the cool moist fir forests in central Mexico.
  • Each fall migrating monarchs are 3-4 generations removed from those that made the journey in the spring-yet they still navigate to a specific area of Mexico without a map!
  • The first three generations of monarch butterflies live 6-8 weeks. Yet, the 4th generation-known as the “Super Generation”-lives about 8-9 months, migrating south, overwintering in Mexico and starting to fly the journey north in spring.

CITIZEN SCIENTIST OPPORTUNITIES

Monarch Larval Monitoring Project

Monarch Tagging

Interactive Monarch Sighting Map

Informative Monarch Videos

Why are Monarch waystations important? A video from National Geographic