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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.

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