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Photo by Paul B. Southerland,
courtesy of Monarch Watch

by Dorey Schmidt
Imagine a creature scarcely four inches across, with fragile orange and black wings, weighing less than half an ounce, flying up to six thousand miles to find warmth and shelter from winter climes.

Imagine tens of thousands of such creatures passing through Wimberley, pausing for only a few days to delight local nature lovers.

If you can imagine this, you have envisioned the Monarch Butterfly migration, which happens every spring and fall..

In the fall, monarchs by the millions begin leaving the northern states when temperatures start to fall below 60°F, passing through the Hill Country in early to mid-October on their way to Mexico and Central America. Although their visit is brief, longer lingering may be encouraged by planting milkweed and butterfly plants in your garden

In the spring, migrating females lay eggs on milkweed plants they find as they fly, recolonizing the southern United States before they die. Click here for more...



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Photo by Karen Oberhauser,
courtesy of Monarch Watch

See why Central Texas is so important for the survival of these butterflies!

Read about drastic declines due to illegal loggers, and see the changes in monarch population over 14 years.

Read the migration news and check out the
migration maps for both seasons at

The University of Minnesota presents
Monarchs in the classroom in the Monarch Lab.

A comprehensive list of resources for beginners
and experienced gardeners with information about
the delightful art of Butterfly Gardening.