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Wings!

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PHOTO: Bernadette Banville NWF.

The monarch’s strong wings are its trademark. The black veins in the wings form a strong framework for GLIDING like crossbars of a kite. They glide and ride on the air currents for their long-distance flight!

MONARCHS and MILKWEED are a magical connection…Two life cycles blending hand-in-hand…each with its own magical transformation of change

At cycle’s end, the milkweed pod POPS open – thousands of silky white seed puffs parachute into to air…each drifting in the wind to an unknown place…to begin new life in the spring as the seeds snuggle into the ground for a long winter’s rest.

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monarch wings

PHOTO: Ekabhishek via Wikipedia.

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PHOTO: Ron Rowan via Urquhartbutterfly.com.

At cycle’s end, the monarch chrysalis POPS open…an adult butterfly pushes its way out of its crystal sleeping bag to flutter and fly high up in the sky…then glide and soar on majestic wings to an unknown place 2,500 miles away to the Oyamel fir trees of Mexico or the cypress groves and eucalyptus trees of California…snuggling together with thousands for a long winter’s rest.

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PHOTO: Kalim JAJA

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monarch wings

PHOTO: D. ROSS CAMERON//Bay Area News Group archives via Mercury News.

With this final cycle…they rest…they mate…and new life begins.

SCALE WING

The monarch’s scientific name is s Danaus plexippus. Butterflies and moths belong to a category of insects called Lepidoptera, which means “scale wing.” It comes from the Greek word s lepidos (scale) and pteron (wing). Monarch wings are made of thousands of tiny overlapping scales, like fish scales or shingles on a roof. These powdery scales give butterflies their beautiful color and patterns.

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PHOTO: Joshua Mayer ia Inhabitat.com.

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monarch wings

PHOTO: Via Wikipedia commons.

GIRLS? OR BOYS?

Can you tell the difference between a boy monarch and a girl monarch? Take a close look at their bottom wings. You will see a tiny thickening or black “dot” on the boys wings. The girls do NOT have dots…

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PHOTO: Kenneth Dwain Harrelson via Wikipedia.

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PHOTO: Derek Ramsey via Wikipedia.

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Monarchs and Man Journey for Peace

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Monarchs and Man

MONARCHS and MAN – Journey for Peace is an animated, musical educational video ~ a plea for habitat awareness! WATCH and SING ALONG as a fluttering monarch travels a symbolic journey of hope!

Monarch Magic! Second Edition

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Monarch Magic!

Read the award-winning 96-page book with amazing color photographs and scientific information covering the monarch’s life cycle, preservation of milkweed habitat, its incredible 3000-mile migration, raise/release of monarch butterflies, butterfly gardening, and exciting crafts for kids at school and at home
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