Migrants will be swarming by the thousands into Florida this month. No, they’re not from Mexico; they’re going to Mexico.
The annual migration of the monarch butterfly is under way. The black-and-orange swarms begin arriving in central Mexico in late October. Some of them will have flown all the way from Canada.In their wake come scientists and tourists who travel to the Sierra Madre Mountains to marvel at fir trees shrouded with monarchs.
People in North Florida should be on the lookout starting in October, said Tom Emmel, director of the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the University of Florida’s Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. The monarchs will be looking for flowering plants where they can make nectar stops to keep them going on their long journey.The fall is prime time for butterfly watching, as many types of butterflies head to warmer climates for the winter. But it’s the monarchs that everyone is watching because they travel farther than any of them.