Monday, September 21, 2009

Migration of Monarch Butterflies

The "Butterfly Trees" of Pismo Beach are one of our most beloved attractions From late October through February. To the delight of all, Monarch Butterflies migrate yearly to the cluster in the limbs of Eucalyptus and Monterey Pines in the area, giving the appearance of yellow and orange leaves in Prismo Beach.


Every fall, a magical event takes place in the animal world.
Monarch butterflies are not able to survive the cold winters of most of the United States so they migrate south and west each autumn to escape the cold weather. The monarch migration usually starts in about October of each year, but can start earlier if the weather turns cold sooner than that.

Perhaps traveling over your own head right now--or clustered by the hundreds in a nearby tree--the annual monarch butterfly migration to Mexico is underway. By instinct alone, the butterflies go to the same mountains that their ancestors left the previous spring. Somehow, they find a place in Mexico that they've never seen before.


Candace said...

Hello. These photos are wonderful. We have monarch migrations here too but nothing like what we had when I was a kid. Those stamps are fun!

Take care.
Candace in Athens

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