This is a monarch butterfly. Monarch butterflies are famous international travelers.
Monarchs fly from Canada and the United States to spend the winter in Mexico. This trip is called migration. Monarchs migrate as far as 2,500 miles (4,000 kilometers)!
Monarchs find their winter home in Mexico like magic. They fly to a place they have never been before!
The butterflies arrive in Mexico in November. Children look forward to the monarchs' return every fall.
The monarchs hang in trees in Mexico for the winter. The forest shelters them.
The monarchs leave Mexico in the spring. Their migration begins in March. The monarchs become international travelers once again.
Children in the United States and Canada watch for the monarchs to return. You can help! Report to the Journey North migration map when you see monarch butterflies.