Thursday, January 20, 2011

January travels: Butterfly sanctuary

The second day of our trip we visited the Butterfly Sanctuary, El Rosario. It was incredible! Every year, millions of monarch butterflies congregate in an isolated highland forest high in the mountains in the northeaster part of Michoacán. They're the final link in a migratory chain between Mexico the US/Canada and back. However, the lifespan isn't that long, so the migration is completed by different generations. The mystery is how they always go to the same place! The monarchs are in Mexico from mid- to late November to March.

all of the orange or "dead leaves" are butterflies

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