Do You Know? Monarch Butterfly, Loves to Fly Away

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This butterfly often travels long distances. They usually fly in large numbers up to thousands of meters. The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is found in North America, Australia, and Indonesia.

  • These butterflies lay their eggs on the leaf surface of the milkweed plant. After two weeks, the eggs hatch into caterpillars.
  • Monarch caterpillars are voracious eaters. It can eat all the milkweed leaves in less than 5 minutes. Its weight can also increase 2700 times its initial weight.
  • Monarch butterflies like to suck milkweed flower nectar because milkweed flowers produce more nectar than other flowers.
  • The wings of the monarch butterfly are orange and black with white spots on the edges of the wings. The male butterfly has black spots on the inside of its hind wings, while the female does not.
  • The monarch butterfly has a wingspan of about 10 centimeters and a weight of about 0.75 grams.
  • Generally, other butterflies flap their wings about 20 times per second. However, the monarch butterfly flaps its wings only about 5 times per second.
  • Every year, hundreds of monarch butterflies fly from Canada to escape the winter and head to Mexico for warm weather. Vice versa. Oh yes, the distance between Canada and Mexico is about 4200 kilometers.
  • They fly far in search of food and in search of warm weather. This butterfly is the only insect that can fly far.
  • Monarch butterflies can fly as high as an airplane in the air.
  • Unfortunately, the monarch butterfly population is decreasing every year. The causes include deforestation and pollution due to the use of pesticides.

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