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Monarch Butterfly 101
Every year, Monarch Butterflies travel 2,500 kilometres to central Mexico to get out of the cold.
These butterflies spend their winters in Oyamel Fir forests in Mexico. The trees keep them warm and protected from storms.
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Monarchs need flowers that have plenty of nectar in them to make their big trip south. They love flowers like Joe-Pye Weed, Liatris and milkweed.
Monarchs lay their eggs on milkweed plants, which have a poison in them that protects Monarchs from predators. Predators that try to eat Monarch larvae (a young butterfly before it has wings) get awful stomach aches and don’t want to eat them anymore.