Photo of the Week: Fall Monarch Migration

10-21-2013 // NWF Staff

Monarch Migration and tag

Each fall, monarch butterflies make an up-to-2,000-mile trip from North America east of the Rockies to the mountains of central Mexico. About the third week of October, many of them pass the gulf coast of Florida and can be spotted at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, where this photo was taken. The area’s goldenrod and saltbush provide food to help the butterflies complete their journeys. During an annual monarch festival at the refuge, volunteers tag the insects to help scientists learn more about the migration. Florida resident Karen Willes used a Canon EOS20D and a 29-80mm lens to photograph this tagged monarch.

See last week's photo: Crater Lake Pine

 

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