The majestic monarch butterfly has just finished its 3,000 trek from Canada to Mexico in one of the “greatest natural events on Earth.” And Mexico, their winter host, is ready to receive them once again on the branches of its oyamel fir trees.
Scientists estimate that anywhere from 60 million to one billion butterflies make the well-documented journey and come mainly to rest in Mexico’s 13 Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserves. The 200-stunning square miles of protected flora and fauna are located in the states of Michoacan and Mexico.
Mother Nature has kept it a mystery as to how the butterflies know to come back to the same area in Mexico, year-after-year during the same time of the year.
Legend has it that the majestic butterfly knows to arrive in Mexico on the Day of the Dead, November 3, to enliven the spirits of the living with its vibrant colors. In fact much is known about the migration path of the Monarch since it has been defined by the milkwood plant – its main food source and plant where eggs are laid. But these magnificent creatures have more mysteries to shed.
Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly National Monitoring Network has just uncovered new travel routes that the Monarch is using to return to Mexico. In the past experts always believed the butterflies entered Mexico through the narrow path covering the northern states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas. Now research indicates that the monarch’s come to Mexico through the ENTIRE length of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Mexico says BIENVENIDO.
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