Migration Complete!
July 2017 by Elizabeth Howard
  It's peak breeding season. Watch the population build with each new generation. Monarch numbers will reach their highest when migration begins this fall. Report summer sightings.  

Monarch Butterfly

"First monarch in my garden in 2017. Just had planted a Jupiter's beard plant the day before and the Monarch loved it!" wrote Heather McIlravey from Severn Bridge, Ontario on June 24, 2017.

Migration Complete
Look how far the monarchs have come! From 10 acres of winter habitat in Mexico, they have now expanded across more than 1 billion acres of breeding habitat.

Peak Breeding Season
Monarchs live for only 2-6 weeks during the breeding season. All energy is focused on reproduction. Females search for milkweed to lay the 400-600+ eggs they can produce in a lifetime. Males patrol milkweed in search of females for mating.

Four New Generations
Monarchs can produce a new generation in about 1 month, resulting in as many as four generations during the typical breeding season. The population grows with each new generation so monarchs become increasingly noticeable as the summer wears on.

The Migratory Generation
This fall, the monarchs that migrate to Mexico will be 4th generation butterflies, the great-great-grandchildren of those that left Mexico last spring. Monarchs born after mid-August will likely be part of the migratory generation. Get ready to watch for signs that the monarchs are on their way to Mexico again.

Monarch Butterfly Egg
Migration Complete

Report Your Sightings

Report eggs, larvae, and adults this breeding season, and tell us how many you see.

Monarch Butterfly Egg
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Monarch Cycles
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Report Your Sightings
Report monarch eggs, larvae, and adults during the breeding season — and tell us how many you see.
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