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8 Interesting Monarch Butterfly Facts

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Monarch butterflies are one of the most fascinating butterflies. Let's look at some of the things that make monarchs stand out in the crowd. 

Monarch butterflies are one of the most fascinating butterflies. Let's look at some of the things that make monarchs stand out in the crowd. 

1) Monarch caterpillars only eat milkweed plants. The sap of the Milkweed plant is toxic to most other animals.

2)  Monarch butterflies are poisonous to invertebrate animals. Their orange and black wings are easy for birds and other animals to see. A monarch's colors are like the skull and crossbones warning in the animal kingdom.

3)  Monarch butterflies are typically found in North and South America and can even be found in warm climates of Hawaii.  

4)  Monarchs make an amazing migration from North America to South America and back to North America every year. 

5) Every spring there are generations of butterflies that have different life spans... The spring and summer "generation monarchs" have life span of 4-6 weeks and winter generation monarch that make the journey to mexico have a lifespan of 6-8 months!

7) A female monarch can lay up to 700 in about 2 weeks. 

8) Monarch will become extinct if humans don't take action to help replace what these amazing insects have lost from deforestation, global warming and chemical warfare.

When you see one of these amazing insects in your garden take an  extra moment to appreciate their beauty and all the things that makes them a very unique breed of butterfly.

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