Every year monarch butterflies migrate south through North America — a beautiful and spectacular phenomenon. The Butterfly Grove Inn is lucky enough to be a popular destination for West Coast butterflies seeking warmer temperatures in the fall and winter months. Below, we take a closer look at the migration of the monarchs.
The monarch butterfly is unique in that it is the only known butterfly that makes a two-way migration like birds do. “Unlike other butterflies that can overwinter as larvae, pupae, or even as adults in some species, monarchs cannot survive the cold winters of northern climates,” reports the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Monarch butterflies rely on environmental cues to know when to begin traveling south.
Eastern North American monarchs overwinter in Mexico from October to late March, while monarch butterflies living west of the Rocky Mountains head to California. In fact, the Butterfly Grove Inn is nestled adjacent to the Pacific Grove Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary where many of these stunning creatures spend the winter. It’s an amazing sight to see!
Once warmer temperatures and longer days return, the monarch butterfly lays its eggs and begins its journey back up north. Some will fly as far as 3,000 miles!
Want to see the migration of the monarchs in person? Now’s the perfect time to book your stay at the Butterfly Grove Inn. Give us a call at 1-831-250-8191 or book a room online.