MONARCH BUTTERFLY CLUSTERS
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MONARCH BUTTERFLY CLUSTERS
Monarch Butterflies are famous for long migrations of up to 2000 miles. Just like birds, they head south for the winter and north for the summer, but no single butterfly completes the entire migration. They have short life spans, so they reproduce en route and their children and grandchildren complete the trip. Monarchs cluster together on cold nights to help stay warm. They often leave their perches when the sun warms them.
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Monarchs east of the Rockies usually migrate to Mexico, and those west of the Rockies go to the California coast. Good places to see Monarch clusters from late February to early March are Pacific Grove, Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz, and Ardenwood Park in San Leandro, California. Look in groves of Eucalyptus and Monterey Pine.
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