Migrating Monarchs Best Seen
in October and November
monarch's annual passage down the East Coast is a harbinger
of the Holiday Season. (See Where To See
Countless numbers of the orange and black creatures east
of the Rocky Mountains decorate fall trees like colorful Christmas
ornaments as they move toward the Gulf Coast and Mexico. Butterflies
west of the Rockies migrate, too, but to the California
coast, between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
monarch migration is a generational one, which means
it takes multiple generations for the migration cycle to become complete.
In the fall, it's possible that the same butterfly
will travel from Wisconsin to Mexico, a distance of several thousand miles
, it's a wonder the butterflies don't arrive in tatters.
They probably would if they had to flap their way the entire trip.