10 Fun Facts About Monarch Butterflies

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10 Fun Facts About Monarch Butterflies

Did you know that in certain areas, monarch butterflies are just itching to come visit you? That’s right! If you plant milkweed in your garden, the monarch butterfly (sometimes known as the “milkweed butterfly”) will be more likely to come flocking to you!

Today, we thought it’d be fun to talk about the beautiful monarch butterfly. But first, watch this short video showing the transformation of caterpillar to butterfly:

10 Fun Facts About Monarch Butterflies:

1. Monarchs can travel up to 8,000 km per year!
2. The male monarch butterfly is distinguishable from females by the black-colored scent glands on each hind wing.
3. The monarch butterfly is totally dependent on milkweed during its larval stage.
4. Milkweed contains a chemical that tastes awful. Birds know this, and associate that smell to monarchs. This works just fine for the monarch, which would otherwise be defenseless.
5. The monarch butterfly caterpillar sheds its skin four times within two weeks of hatching.
6. When the monarch butterfly caterpillar is two weeks old, it weighs 3,000 times as much as it did when it was born.
7. The Monarch’s wingspan ranges from 8.9–10.2 cm (3½–4 in.).
8. After the monarch butterfly emerges from the pupa, it must pump fluid into its wings and wait for them to harden before it can fly.
9. It is believed that the monarch uses the magnetic field of the earth and the position of the sun to find the town of Angangueo Mexico, where it spends the winter avoiding the Canadian cold.
10. Monarch butterflies are one of the few insects capable of making trans-Atlantic crossings.

Butterflies are fascinating insects! If you’d like to learn more about these neat creatures, visit some of these great resources:

Andy Camper’s Butterflies Discover It Section
The Children’s Butterfly Site
Butterflies for Kids

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    • The Monarch Butterflies are especially noted for their lengthy annual migration. In the North America they make massive southward migrations starting in the August until the first frost. One of the most famous and the beloved of all the California missions is Mission San Juan Capistrano. The lovely little town of the San Juan Capistrano hosts flocks of the swallows, which return every year at about the same time in the spring to fanfare and celebration by the whole town.

      • That’s true Parag! Also, the Monarch butterfly migrates for 2 reasons. They can not withstand freezing weather in the northern and central continental climates in the winter. Also, the larval food plants do not grow in their winter sites, so the “spring generation” must fly back north to places where the plants are plentiful.
        If you’re interested in tracking the migration of the Monarch Butterfly, visit Monarchwatch for lots of information on tracking migrations. It’s fun!

      • Anonymous

        That’s true Parag! Also, the Monarch butterfly migrates for 2 reasons. They can not withstand freezing weather in the northern and central continental climates in the winter. Also, the larval food plants do not grow in their winter sites, so the “spring generation” must fly back north to places where the plants are plentiful.
        If you’re interested in tracking the migration of the Monarch Butterfly, visit Monarchwatch (http://www.monarchwatch.org/) for lots of information on tracking migrations. It’s fun!

        • Bessie Chen

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      • Petersburghighschool

        whoa thats a lot of typing AHHH! O.o JK I type more then that in 2 minutes at school hahahaaaaa I hate school

    • Idk

      Monarch butterflies are……….?????

      • Whateverwhoever

        Well andy can answer that question 😉

        • Sshshs

          I can! But i won’t…. heh heh heh….

          • Whateverwhoever

            Eh mean…. And I know who you are 😉 Your sis told me it was you!! ha ha

            • blue eyed devil

              who is whoeverwhoever and idk??

    • Petersburghighschool

      hahahahahahahahahhahahaha perverts

    • Sagedablondie

      doing a project, need ar much infomation as possible, any help anyone?

    • Lmcleish

      i like new butterflys and learn about them.

    • johannaluo

      wow

    • Cookiesmilk

      I love Butterflies!!!!!!!!!!<3

    • TAWOATUIWN

      i love butterflYS!!!!!!!!

    • Sharon57

      hot and sexy

    • Butterfly_Guy

      Your picture is actually a Viceroy Butterfly, which looks very similar to a Monarch. You can tell because of the black horizontal stripe on it’s tail wings.

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