Monarchs on the Move Created by: Lucy Jolley- Purple Team
Interesting Fact #1- Why/When the Monarch Butterflies Migrate
Well first of all, temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit make it impossible for them to fly, and temperatures below 40 degrees farenheit make the Monarchs paralyzed. Another reason they migrate to Mexico is that they don't live any longer than six months. Adult Monarchs consume nectar from flowers, so they need to migrate where they can find food.
Sarah, I am confused. I am not sure why and when Monarch Butterflies migrate to Mexico.
Interesting Fact #2- How the Monarch Butterflies Migrate
Lillie, did you know that when the Monarch Butterflies are migrating, they travel at an average speed of 12 mph, but they can travel up to a speed of 30 mph? They also can cover 80 miles a day, and they cover about an average 3, 000 miles in distance migrating from the U.S. to Mexico, or Canada to Mexico.
No grandma, I did not know that. That is very interesting, I wish I was a Monarch Butterfly!
Have you ever seen the Monarch Butterflies migrating south? Well, the monarch Butterflies migrate to Mexico every winter. Monarch Butterflies are very smart animals, for they know when to migrate, they know how to migrate, they know where to go for migration, and they know to migrate with each other.
Interesting Fact #3- How the Monarch Butterflies know where to go for Migration
Ok class, today we are going to enjoy some outside air, and talk about Monarch Butterflies. Tell me what you know about how the Monarch Butterflies know where to go while there are migrating.
Interesting Fact #4- Why the Monarch Butterflies Migrate with each other
At school, I learned the Monarch Butterflies travel together in colonies, and that they all cluster together to stay warm. I also learned that tens of thousands of Monarchs can cluster together on a single tree. Although one Monarch alone weighs less that a gram, a bunch of them weigh a lot. Oyamel trees (the trees that the Monarchs migrate to) are able to support clustering onarchs, but sometimes branches break.
I know that Monarch's migrating has to do with their genes. It has been found that migrating Monarchs have higher flight muscle performance and energy rates compared to non-migrants. This results in migrating Monarchs having the ability to fly farther and navigate where to go.
I know that some biologists have found that Monarch Butterflies have a pair of molecules in their brain's that are sensitive to the Earth's magnetic field, which is how they find their way to Mexico.
Monarch Butterflies are very incredible animals. These butterflies know when to migrate to Mexico, they know how to migrate, they know where to go for migration, and they know to migrate with one another. If in the winter time you ever see a cluster of Monarch Butterflies flying south, you know where they are headed.