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Monarch Butterfly

Posted by Administrator on 6/20/2013 to Backyard Wildlife
Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterflies have been known to travel as much as 5,000 miles in a year! They're also one of the few insects that is capable of making a trans-Atlantic crossing. 

■ Milkweed contains a chemical that tastes disgusting to birds. If birds didn’t associate that taste with the Monarchs, the butterflies would be nearly defenseless against them.

■ During the larval stage of their lifetime, the Monarch Butterfly is completely dependent on milkweed.

■ It's believed that the Monarch Butterfly uses the Earth's magnetic field to find the town of Angangueo, Mexico where it spends the winter avoiding the cold.