Wednesday, November 28, 2012

End of Season

Woke this morning thinking about the Mariposa Monarca Monarch Butterfly - I did a little research as I tend to do and this is what I found. That Monarch's have 4 life cycles in one year. They lay eggs in the spring in the northern parts of the country around March. These caterpillars are found on milkweed plants, they form their chrysalis and emerge as butterflies to live about 6 weeks. Starting the next cycle around May and again in July.

The fourth cycle of eggs hatching is around September. This group of butterflies is the exception, they go through the same process to become a butterfly but they have about a 6 month life span. They fly south to warmer climate in Mexico and California. When spring comes to the north they return to lay eggs and start all over again.

If you would like to see a butterfly breaking free of it's chrysalis or read more about them check out this web site.

Nature continues to amaze me, what a wonderful way to end a season.

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