Monarch Butterfly News: June 12, 2014
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The monarchs have now spread across 1 billion acres into prime breeding habitat. Image of the Week
Monarch Butterfly Nectaring from Milkweed
Why Migrate?
Holli Hearn
News: First for Quebec
Three months into the migration, our first monarch has now reached Quebec, a distance of over 2,500 miles from the overwintering region in Mexico.

"I saw a big, beautiful female in the milkweed patch in front of the house. I'd been seeing what I hoped were monarchs over the last couple of days but couldn't get close enough to confirm until just now." 6/10/14 Montebello, Quebec

The monarchs will still go another 500 miles to the northeast into Canada's Maritime provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

  • Just think...A population that occupied only 1.65 acres of winter habitat has now expanded across more than 1 billion acres of breeding habitat.

Still Waiting...
We're also waiting for 1st reports from Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine — and everyone who hasn't seen their first monarch yet.

Monarch Butterfly Nectaring on Milkweed
Milkweed Habitat
Rosa McHenry

Monarch Butterflies
Spotlight: Who's Who in the Milkweed Patch
Milkweed is not only for monarchs. Meet some of the creatures that also live in the milkweed patch.

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Next Update June 19, 2014