Monarch Butterfly News: August 2014
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The magnificent migratory generation is developing now. Watch for signs of southward movement in mid-August. Monarch ButterflyMore Than Ever
Katie Hone
News: Get Ready for Fall Migration
Summer Data Collection Continues
Please report monarch eggs, larvae, and adult monarchs. If you see a monarch, we want to know.

Status of the Population
After record low numbers last winter, how many monarchs will be migrating to Mexico this fall? That's the question on everybody's mind.

It's too early to know, but people across the breeding range are saying they're seeing more monarchs this year than last. Thank you for reporting sightings this summer, and into the fall. The observations are so helpful for monitoring the population.

Population Building
Monarchs can produce a new generation every 30 days, resulting in four generations during the typical breeding season. The population grows with each new generation — and by fall migration monarch numbers reach their peak. At no other time of year is the population larger. This generation must migrate to Mexico, survive the winter, and return next spring to begin the breeding season anew.

Fall Migration Begins Mid-August
Monarchs born in the north after mid-August will be the first members of the migratory generation. Get ready to watch for signs that the monarchs are on their way.

Monarch Butterfly Egg
Population Building

Four Generations

Monarch Butterfly laying egg on milkweed
Migration Season
E. McCormick
Conservation: How You Can Help
How you can help monarch butterflies
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Maps: Report Your Sightings
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Next Update August 21, 2014