Monarch butterflies migrate 2000 to 3000 miles from the United States and Canada to the forests of Mexico and back every year. Monarch butterflies begin their migration north from Mexico and southern California in the spring. It takes four generations of monarchs to reach the northern United States and Canada. At the end of the summer, a super generation of monarchs is born and it's this generation that will travel all the way back to Mexico and Southern California in the fall.
Want to learn more about this beautiful and amazing insect?
Explore the UAPL online reference databases. Visit our website and use the Research dropdown menu to click on Databases and scroll down to National Geographic Kids. This database has full text books that you can read and/or listen to! There is an excellent book in this database called Great Migrations: Butterflies by Laura Marsh. (You will need to log in with your library card and pin)
Read some of these non-fiction books in our library:
- A Butterfly Called Hope by Mary Alice Monroe
- Monarch Butterflies by Josh Gregory
- Traveling Butterflies by Susumu Shingu
- Hurry and the Monarch by Antoine O' Flatharta
And, here are some lovely picture books about monarch butterflies: