February Works for Mexico and Monarch Butterflies

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

It was in grade school where I learned about the migration of the Monarch butterflies to Mexico, when millions and millions of butterflies fly along the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range to spend the winter in Mexico. You would think they would go to the beach like ordinary people, but no, they stick it out in the mountains. There are years that due to climate change the temperatures dip below freezing in the mountains.

Did you know that the butterflies who make the trip are not the same butterflies who fly back? I was always under the assumption that they fly down and return home, and they don't. Somehow, I missed that part in school. There are 4 generations of butterflies among the ones who leave for Mexico and the ones who come back in the spring.

How do they find their way here when only their anscestors have been to Sacramento? You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Why Not Travel to See the Monarch Butterflies in Mexico?

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Susan Haughton
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How very interesting - and one of the most beautiful photos I have seen.

Nov 20, 2016 08:10 AM #1
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Susan Haughton I should probably write more about stuff that was going on when I wasn't paying attention in school. Or stuff that has changed since then, like we were taught continental drift was only a theory.

Do you know the magnetic pull has changed hundreds of times over the years, from north to south and then south to north? It wasn't always pointing north? Or that we've had 5 mass extinctions on earth? I'm now reading Basin and Range.

Nov 20, 2016 09:18 AM #2
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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That's a spectacular picture of thoe Monarchs, Elizabeth!  And, I learned something new, and that is the same butterflies that fly to Mexico aren't those that return.  It makes sense when you stop to consider their life cycle though.

Nov 20, 2016 09:22 AM #3
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!    

Nov 20, 2016 09:22 AM #4
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Myrl Jeffcoat That is not my photo but it is a photo of the butterlies at Michoacán in Mexico. We just booked a trip to go there next year on February 3rd. I will come back with videos and photos, you can count on that.

Nov 20, 2016 09:27 AM #5
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This is something I would love to see. I remember growin up in Oklahoma seeing migrations but not in many years.

Nov 20, 2016 11:12 AM #6
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Jeremy K. Frost
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This is a fantastic post. Thank you for sharing and best of luck!

Nov 20, 2016 11:25 AM #7
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Hi Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents ,  I had no idea about the migration of the monarch butterfly.  Who says you can't learn anything new on Active rain?  

Nov 20, 2016 11:53 AM #8
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Elizabeth: Some Monarch Butterflies are smart and DO go to the beach at Pacific Grove here on the Monterey Peninsula. Mid-October to mid-February after which, I presume, they head for Mexico, their International meeting ground.

Nov 20, 2016 12:26 PM #9
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Joe Pryor The US Forest Service website says Monarchs fly 50 to 100 miles a day. The farthest record was about 265 miles a day. That must be your Monarch on steroids.

Nov 20, 2016 11:40 PM #10
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Larry Johnston It is thought that Monarchs fly together to stay warm. They follow the position of the sun and the magnetic pull of the earth.

Did you know that the magnetic pull of the earth changes directions and geologists have documented this change in the layers? They can see the negative and positive marks? Our earth has done this hundreds of times over millions of years. Just because we have magnetic north today does mean it stays that way.

Nov 20, 2016 11:44 PM #11
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® A fun fact for you, Hella, is some of the Monarchs do go to Monterey. Others go to Santa Cruz or San Diego. Monarch butterflies from Sacramento never actually go to Mexico. Those Monarchs west of the Rocky Mountains stay in California.

Only Monarchs from the rest of the country and Canada go to Mexico.

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Hi Elizabeth -- who knew?  Not I.  Great photo and the story is pretty amazing as well.  What an interesting journey to make and I look forward to learning more when you return after your February trip.   

Nov 21, 2016 12:07 AM #13
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Hello Elizabeth

I have heard of this many years ago and had no idea that butterflies lived that long.

And a large group of monarchs would be great to photograph.

Nov 21, 2016 11:40 AM #14
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I just watched a documentary with my girls about the Monarch butterfly migrating to Mexico and somebody who made the effort to tag and track a "family". I wish I could remember the title but it totally slipped my mind ...

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Yes I remember learning about these and visiting the ones in Monterey-it looks like a tree of "dead leaves" until one moves.

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This defniitely sounds like a trip worth taking. A once in a lifetime experience.  We didn't learn about this stuff, I'm assuming, because it isn't in our region of the country.

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