Monarchs living west of the Rocky Mountain range in North America overwinter in California along the Pacific coast near Santa Cruz and San Diego. Here microclimatic conditions are very similar to that in central Mexico. Monarchs roost in eucalyptus, Monterey pines, and Monterey cypresses in California.
Where do Monarchs migrate to in the winter?
Most Monarchs spend the winter in Mexico where they have the uncanny ability to find the same Oyamel fir tree where generations before it spent their winters. If Monarchs live west of the Rockies, they migrate to Pacific Grove, California where it hibernates in eucalyptus trees.
Where does the monarch butterfly migrate from and to?
Monarch Migration. Each fall, North American monarchs travel from their summer breeding grounds to overwintering locations. East of the Rocky Mountains, monarchs travel up to an astonishing 3,000 miles to central Mexico, whereas the shorter western migration is to the California coast.
How many generations of monarchs does it take to migrate?
Generation 1 monarchs are the offspring of the monarchs who overwintered in Mexico. Each successive generation travels farther north. It will take 3-4 generations to reach the northern United States and Canada.
Do butterflies bite?
Butterflies don’t bite because they can’t. Caterpillars munch on leaves and eat voraciously with their chewing mouthparts, and some of them do bite if they feel threatened. But once they become butterflies, they only have a long, curled proboscis, which is like a soft drinking straw—their jaws are gone.
What month do butterflies come out?
March, and throughout early spring, in the Southern United States, is the time in nature when butterflies emerge from their cocoons.
Do monarchs return to where they were born?
Successful migrating monarchs will live between 6 to 9 months and reproduce and die in the southern U.S. in the spring. Their offspring then carry on their migration north. Therefore, individual monarchs do not make it back to their original starting place. For a visual reference of the monarch generations click here.