Monarch Butterflies wintering near Zitacuaro, Michoacan, Mexico
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Monarch Butterfly - this one was actually in our yard in October 2007. This one would have been migrating to the coast of Southern California.
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Most of the butterflies we saw were looking fairly ragged due to their age. Most Monarch Butterflies live about one month. The generation that makes the migration to Mexico lives about eight months.
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All of the Monarch Butterflies in the eastern United States and Canada migrate to Mexico to spend the winter.
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We rode horses, which were attended by a boy from the family that owned each horse, on the steeper parts of the climb from about 6500' to 9000'. We walked all of the way down, though. Marcelo, our guide, is in the red shirt. The horse and the boy each cost 100 pesos, about $8.30.
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On this warm afternoon many of the butterflies were flying, so the trees weren't "dripping" with butterflies.
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Monarch Butterflies in flight.
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Many butterflies drinking at a small creek.
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Monarch Butterflies resting on a tree.
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We hiked the last 500' in elevation to a barrier across the trail; on the trail above the barrier were thousands of butterflies.
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Thousands of Monarch Butterflies on the ground.
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Three butterflies landed on my wife's back.
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The butterflies are found above 9000 feet elevation in the pine forests of eastern Michoacan.
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This one seemed to prefer a fir tree.
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Another shot of flying butterflies.
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A pair of butterflies was mating, though most mating doesn't start until February.
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Hundreds of butterflies flying on this warm afternoon.
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One tree trunk was packed with butterflies!
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