Secrets of Monarch Butterfly’s Migration,Butterfly’s Journey?
Dr. Fred Urquhart was Famous Proffesor who researched Butterfly Migration for his Life time,Fred Urquhart’s love of butterflies began as a boy, daydreaming about where the butterflies went in winter. Fred was fascinated by the world of insects including butterflies by the age of five and spent endless hours observing them. His public school was next to a cattail marsh which was filled with fascinating creatures for Fred to observe. In elementary school he read everything he could on natural history at the local library and when there were no more books for him to read about Migration Butterflies
I do not know of any species of insect that has aroused a greater interest among the populace in many parts of the world than the monarch butterfly. One of the great pleasures Norah and I have had in our studies of the monarchs has been receiving letters from children and adults alike, expressing their delight at being introduced to the study of nature through our program of monarch butterfly tagging and research.He is the first citizen scientists in Mexico, Ken Brugger and his Mexican wife Catalina Aguado, spent two years searching in the mountains west of Mexico City before finally coming upon millions of butterflies 10,000 feet above sea level on Cerro Pelon on the border of the States of Mexico and Michoacan in 1975.
Finding a proof about Monarch Butterflies in Research
August 1976 feature story and cover of National Geographic channel, Fred and Norah Urquhart travelled up to the remote butterfly sanctuary with Ken and Catalina Brugger that was released by two school boys and their teacher from Chaska Minnesota in early August 1975. This same tag and butterfly ended up being the very one Dr. Fred Urquhart found four months later, on January 9th, 1976, 10,000 feet high in the remote Sierra Madre mountains of Michoacan Mexico. The butterfly would have flown over 2,000 miles and for at least two months to get there. Fred discovered it five minutes after he arrived in the sanctuary for the first time – truly a miraculous situation, verified by the eye witnesses.
Migration Starting in September and October, eastern/northeastern populations migrate from southern Canada and the United States to overwintering sites in central Mexico where they arrive around November.They start the return trip in March, arriving around July. No individual butterfly completes the entire round trip,the western populations migrate annually between regions west of the Rocky Mountains including northern Canada and overwintering sites at the coast of California.Here female monarchs lay eggs for the next generation during the northward migration,Monarchs also perform small distance migrations in Australia and New Zealand.
What kind of Food Monarch Butterfly’s eat
Monarch Butterfly’s eat through a proboscis, monarch butterflies are limited to a liquid diet. They cannot suck food particles through their tongues, so instead they find nourishment by drinking the liquids found in fruits, plants and flowers.It would not be uncommon to see a monarch butterfly enjoying the natural juices from fruits like bananas, oranges and especially watermelon, which is a very juicy fruit.When monarch butterflies drink the juice from milkweed, it makes their bodies poisonous to predators.Monarch butterflies also drink the nectar from a variety of plants. Nectar is a sweet, sugary liquid produced in plants. Plants such as red clover, alfalfa, thistle and wild carrot are good sources of food for the monarch butterfly.One plant that offers more than just nourishment for monarch butterflies is milkweed.
There are more than twenty different types of milkweed plants available for monarch butterflies across the Untied States. Some different types of milkweed include California milkweed, swamp milkweed and common milkweed,Sometimes, male monarch butterflies can absorb nutrients directly from soil
Why do Monarch Butterflies eat more Milkweeds?
Because so many different types of milkweed available near Mexico and also monarch butterflies are better able to protect and feed themselves.These different varieties of milkweed are very beneficial for the monarch butterfly.