Millions and millions of Monarch butterflies. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. We’re living in Mexico City, and I had heard a lot about the annual migration of these insects from Canada and USA to the Mexican state of Michoacan. We thought we’d make a video showing you how to go, and also highlight 2 different sanctuaries.
I had thought there was a single viewing zone in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, but it turns out there are many sanctuaries. We visited these two: Santuario Sierra Chincua, and Santuario El Rosario. They are suppose to have the most butterflies, and are both near the town on Angangueo in Michoacan. A two day trip seemed like fun, and we headed to the beautiful Pueblo Magico Angangueo
It was incredible. I had never seen so many in my life. The whole story is quite remarkable actually. Normally a Monarch butterfly only lives 4 weeks, however the Migration takes 6-8 months. How does that work?
The generation that has to migrate lives 8 times longer than the others. They fly over 4500 km south to the same place in Mexico. No one knows how they do this, it’s one of natures great secrets.
Once in Michoacán, they breed and clump themselves on a special kind of pine called the Oyamel. It’s not as warm as you think here, the elevation is quite high (3500m) and it can get down to almost 0C at night. After a while they travel to Texas to lay their eggs. The food the caterpillars eat is called Milk Weed, and it doesn’t exist in Mexico.
As Northern North America warms up, they return for the summer. The whole process is 4 generations of butterflies. This means no butterflies make the trip back. It’s one way.
Enjoy the vlog!
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