Monarch Migration

Unlike many other butterflies native to this region, the Monarch migrates from our area to the south.

No single Monarch migrates all the way from our area to Mexico and back. Instead, the great-great grandchildren of a Monarch that we see in one summer will actually return to us the following summer.

This is very confusing to most people.

Study these images and see what you can learn from them, and then create your own version using the map provided. Record the clock time on Station #7.

The Monarch’s Schedule


The Five Generations of the Monarch Migration


Monarch Migration


Michoacan en Mexico




Curious to Learn More?

Flight of the Butterflies
(1 minute Video Trailer for the IMAX Movie at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry)

Radar Picks up Monarch Butterflies Migrating through St. Louis
(2 minute Fox News Report: This page takes a little while to load fully. Be patient.)

Monarch Butterflies Migration
(10 minute Video from Blue Marvel)