Mexico’s Winter Paradise for Monarch Butterflies

CRI correspondents based in Mexico recently used their cameras to capture photos of flocks of monarch butterflies bathed in sunshine in Angangueo, a town in Michoacán state in the central part of the country.

Monarch butterflies bathed in sunshine in their winter habitat in Angangueo, Mexico.

Every October, numerous monarch butterflies—the only migratory species in the butterfly family—fly more than 4,500 miles from southern Canada and the northeastern United States to spend the winter in Angangueo. Their offspring will return to their original locales the following March.

Monarch butterflies bathed in sunshine in their winter habitat in Angangueo, Mexico.

To provide the annual visitors an undisturbed habitat, the Mexican government has designated the area as a nature reserve known as “Butterfly Valley.”

Monarch butterflies bathed in sunshine in their winter habitat in Angangueo, Mexico.

With a wing span of more than 10 centimeters and orange and dark stripes, the butterflies were named “monarch” because of their regal body features.

Monarch butterflies bathed in sunshine in their winter habitat in Angangueo, Mexico.

Every year, the spectacular scene of tens of thousands of monarch butterflies at the reserve attracts large numbers of tourists from home and abroad.

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