Monarch Migration News: April 23, 2015
By Elizabeth Howard
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No longer their brilliant orange, the monarchs from Mexico are nearing the end of their travels. A new generation will continue the journey north.

Monarch Butterfly: Early Sighting in Minnesota
Faded monarch on fresh flowers by Anita Brisco   Texarkana, Arkansas   April 19, 2015

News: Reaching the Limit
The migration's leading edge is approaching latitude 38°N. This generation rarely goes any farther. The monarchs that overwintered in Mexico have lived up to 8 months. Their lives are now coming to an end.

Concentrated in the South
Monarchs are so concentrated in the southern US that people can see multiple butterflies in a single day.

"Observed 13 adult monarchs in about an hour and a half near Columbus, Arkansas. Most were feeding on red clover, white clover or purple verbena. Some appeared to be males patrolling certain areas while others appeared to be females looking for milkweed. A very faded female must have been very hungry because she was still feeding about and hour after we first saw her." Anita Brisco, April 19, 2015

From Mexico to Minnesota?
A surprise sighting was reported from Minnesota on April 17th. But was the monarch from Mexico? Details in the image provided clues and sparked a lively discussion.

Watch for Fresh Wings
By mid-May, the first monarchs of the new generation are reported from the South. This year, they may be late due to the 2-week delayed arrival on the breeding grounds in Texas.

Monarch Butterfly Migration Sightings by State
Concentrated in South
Monarch Butterfly: Early Sighting in Minnesota
Mexico to Minnesota?
Fresh-winged Monarch
Fresh Wings
Conservation News

Small Step for Monarch, Giant Leap for Conservation
Conservationists from the US, Canada, and Mexico met at the Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation in San Diego. The goal: to find ways to help the nations work together to conserve North America’s wildlife and ecosystems — including monarchs.

How you can help Monarch Butterflies at Sanctuary in Mexico
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Journal and Activities
  • Journal: Was the Minnesota Monarch From Mexico?
Next Update April 30, 2015