Every fall, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies, Danaus plexippus, travel nearly 3,000 miles across the U.S. to the sacred fir forests of Central Mexico to wait for winter to soften into spring. Throughout periods of sunshine, millions of butterflies will take flight from the roosts and sail to nearby stream banks to drink, then soar again into the air and eventually return that afternoon to their original roost on the surrounding trees.

Read more about the monarch migration ecotour: A Kaleidoscope of Monarchs

In our partnership with Holbrook Travel to send our scientists along with travel groups to biodiversity hot spots, the ecotours to Mexico and the monarchs’ overwintering home are incredibly popular. In the spring of 2019, our Museum photographer accompanied a group that included Florida Museum Director Doug Jones and McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity Director Jaret Daniels.

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