Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterflies Migrate 3,000 Miles—Here's How loading...
Monarch Butterflies Migrate 3,000 Miles—Here's How
The colourful insect's migration across the North American continent is one of the greatest natural events on Earth.
It's a Good Year for Monarchs, But More Butterflies Are On the Brink loading...
It's a Good Year for Monarchs, But More Butterflies Are On the Brink
Ever heard of the Saint Francis satyr? Let us tell you about some of the rarest species of butterfly.
About Monarch Butterfly

Monarch butterflies are known for the incredible mass migration that brings millions of them to California and Mexico each winter. North American monarchs are the only butterflies that make such a massive journey—up to 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers). The insects must begin this journey each fall ahead of cold weather, which will kill them if they tarry too long.

Fast Facts

Type: Bug

Diet: Herbivore

Average life span in the wild: Up to 6 to 8 months

Size: Wingspan 3.7 to 4.1 in (9.4 to 10.5 cm)

Weight: .0095 to .026 oz (.27 to .75 g)

Group name: Flutter

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