Nature Blows My Mind! The Multi-Generation, 2,500 Mile Monarch Butterfly Migration

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monarch butterfly photo

credit: aehack

Keeping Warm

Most generations of monarch butterflies live anywhere from a few weeks to two months. However, the fourth generation born at the end of summer enters a phase called diapause, where they do not reproduce and can live for seven to eight months. It is this generation that lasts through the winter months in the south before the species begins the journey north as the weather warms in February or March.

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