Monarch butterflies are migrating south for winter. If youâ€™re in Texas, go on a walk and watch for monarchs as they fly south. To see if monarchs might be flying near you, check out this map of recent monarch sightings.
Like birds, monarch butterflies migrate south for winter, then return north in the spring. Monarchs are the only butterflies to make a two-way migration like this.
Monarchs travel only by day. At night, they roost together at congregation sites. The monarchs stay close together to keep warm.
Light as a feather, heavy as as 2-year-old
An individual monarch weighs less than a paperclip, but tens of thousands can cluster together in a single tree. The combined weight is so heavy that branches sometimes break.
Live butterfly garden: experience the butterfly life cycle at home or in a classroom.
Lesson Plans. Monarch Lab has some free monarch butterfly lesson plans customized for grades K-2, 3-6, and middle/high school.
Butterfly life cycle model: set of detailed life cycle figures.
Questions about monarchs. Dr. Oberhauser answers a plethora of fascinating questions about monarchs.