Category Archives: Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterflies Alight in Mexico

From November through March, Mexico’s Michoacan and State of Mexico regions are the winter home of millions of monarch butterflies who journey from Canada and across the United States in search of Mexico’s warm climes. Witnessing thousands of these striking … Continue reading

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Over 40,000 Monarch Butterflies Counted at Ellwood Mesa

Each winter, thousands of monarch butterflies call Goleta their winter home and this year is no exception. During the annual Thanksgiving Count of monarch populations throughout California, over 40,000 monarchs were counted at Ellwood Mesa. Since 2007 the City of … Continue reading

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Monarch Butterflies in Mexico

It’s an epic journey, one of the longest insect migrations on earth. Each year, millions of monarch butterflies take off from the US and Canada, flying thousands of kilometers to central Mexico in a migration that has given rise to … Continue reading

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Migrate Into A New Year with Monarch Butterflies

Fly into 2012 by viewing over 4,000 beautiful monarch butterflies during the New Year’s Day Butterfly Walk on January 1 at Ardenwood Historic Farm. Each year Monarch butterflies migrate to the East Bay to escape freezing temperatures and winter storms … Continue reading

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Monarch Butterfly Deaths in Pacific Grove No Cause For Alarm, Experts Say

Something is killing monarch butterflies wintering in Pacific Grove’s Monarch Grove Sanctuary. Several hundred of the black-and-orange butterflies were found the past few weeks with abdomens missing, and people visiting the sanctuary were growing alarmed. “We were getting a number … Continue reading

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Monarch Deaths A Natural Whodunit

Something is killing monarch butterflies wintering in Pacific Grove’s Monarch Grove Sanctuary. Several hundred of the stunning black-and-orange butterflies were found over the past few weeks with abdomens missing, and folks visiting the sanctuary were growing alarmed. “We were getting … Continue reading

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Monarch Butterfly Genome Begins to Open the Black Box

“Input caterpillar — black box — output butterfly. What happened?” So quips biologist Ann Gauger in the documentary Metamorphosis from Illustra Media. Is the secret in the genes? Viewers of the film will never forget the story of the Monarch … Continue reading

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Park It: The Monarchs Rule in December

The monarch butterfly migration is well under way at Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont and, by all accounts, this season is a great one. Madame Butterfly, also known as naturalist Chris Garcia, says the butterfly count is more than 4,000, … Continue reading

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Scientists Worry Many Monarch Butterflies May Not Make it to Mexico This Fall

Each year, the monarchs butterflies in the North America travel south to Mexico to take refuge during the winter months, but scientists who have marked a significant drop in the monarch’s population say the loss of a wintering habitat in … Continue reading

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Nectaring Experiment at P.G.’s Monarch Grove Sanctuary Creates Quite a Flap

As monarchs alight on the eucalyptus and pine trees of the Pacific Grove Monarch Grove Sanctuary, Bob Pacelli digs into the black soil. He removes a shrub in a plastic pot from one of many planter boxes. “Where are the … Continue reading

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