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Monarch Butterflies Overwintering

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posted by alias Foxy Belle on Monday 14th of March 2022 09:25:52 AM

Drusilla has traveled to the forests in the mountains of Central Mexico to observe the monarch butterflies in their overwintering location. They begin their journey back north in March. She is happy to see a robust population that is ready to take flight. Blythe a Day - Butterfly 3/14/22 Daunting Drusilla Blythe Shirt and shrug - Etsy Hat - vintage -$1 doll show find Leggings and bag - made by me Boots - stock Blythe Camera - key chain Notebook - Barbie or 1:12 dollhouse? Bench - thrift store find repainted Grass - placemat from Michael's Some faux plants on the ground Trees, ferns, butterflies - added in BeFunky Here is a little info about winter migration for monarchs: "Monarchs that spend the summer breeding season in eastern North America ) migrate to the Transvolcanic mountains of central Mexico. Many millions of monarchs from these regions fly south to Mexico each fall. Their flight pattern is shaped like a cone as they come together and pass over the state of Texas on their way south. In massive butterfly clouds, they sweep up into the mountain ranges of central Mexico. In 1975 the scientific community finally tracked down the wintering sites of the monarchs in Mexico. Until then, the monarch butterflies’ winter hideouts had been a secret known only to local villagers and landowners. In Mexico, monarchs roost in Oyamel fir forests, which occur in a very small area of mountain tops in central Mexico. Overwintering sites are about 3000 meters (almost 2 miles) above sea level and are on steep, southwest-facing slopes. Because monarchs need water for moisture, the fog and clouds in this mountainous region provide another important element for the winter survival of the monarchs. The butterflies choose spots that are close to, but not quite, freezing. They cluster together, covering whole tree trunks and branches, and cling to fir and pine needles. The tall trees make a thick canopy over their heads. Protective trees and bushes soften the wind and shield the butterflies from the occasional snow, rain, or hail. Each of the above elements is important to the butterflies, making up the monarch habitat – trees in which to roost, other trees and shrubs to protect them, the cool air, and the presence of water."

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