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The monarch butterfly is maybe the most famous of all North American butterflies. It is quickly identifiable by its brilliant black veined orange wings and white linings along the edges. The Monarch butterfly is well-known for its southward migration from Canada to Mexico and the northward return back to Canada in summer season. Each fall, these butterflies fly west to California and Mexico.

These butterflies gather into nests, clustering onto trees.

clustering onto trees

In most cases, they are so thick that the trees turn orange in color and branches droop from the weight.

trees turn orange

It’s an amazing sight that draws in many travelers.

amazing sight

The monarchs are the only butterfly that moves both north and south like the birds, however not one makes the whole round trip, since the migration duration covers the lifespan of 3 to 4 generations of the butterfly.

migration duration covers the lifespan of 3 to 4 generations

Monarch butterflies are likewise among the couple of bugs which can cross the Atlantic.

can cross the Atlantic

The migration generally begins around October every year, however it can begin sooner if the weather condition turns cold earlier.

migration generally begins around October

They take a trip from Canada to main Mexican forests where the environment is warm.

from Canada to main Mexican forests

Monarch butterflies reside in the same trees year after year when they move, which appears odd due to the fact that they aren’t the exact same butterflies that lived there the previous year.

butterflies reside in the same trees

How the butterflies go back to the exact same trees over a span of a few of generations is still a topic of research study.

butterflies go back to the exact same trees

For many years, individuals puzzled where the countless monarchs in Canada vanish into during winter season.

countless monarchs in Canada vanish

A Canadian zoologist Urquhart began tracking the butterflies in 1937 by tagging the wings of thousands of monarchs.

tracking the butterflies

After 38 years, and with the assistance of countless volunteers throughout the nation, Urquhart found the wintering haven on a mountain top in Michoacán, Mexico.

found the wintering haven

The location is now a World Heritage Site referred to as the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve and is secured as environmental preserves by the Mexican federal government.

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

The Monarchs’ overwintering areas are threatened due to deforestation.

threatened due to deforestation

The number of monarchs that finished the migration dropped to its lowest level in 20 years, mainly because of severe weather condition and fast growing of farmland.

dropped to its lowest level

Since the butterflies can not be counted, the size of the nests is utilized as a proxy. The location of forest inhabited by the butterflies was as high as 50 acres, has decreased to 2.94 acres. The monarch migration is a natural marvel and for Mexico, a big traveler destination. It would be a pity to lose it.