We are all reading Bicycling with Butterflies: My 10,201-Mile Journey Following the Monarch Migration by Sara Dykman here at Rocky River Public Library this month. It really is a fascinating read and an informative, adventure-filled ride. You’ll want to place your hold here.
To get you in the spirit to follow Sara’s journey, here are a few interesting monarch butterfly facts from Save Our Monarchs, a grassroots, non-profit organization that is dedicated to saving the embattled monarch butterflies:
-Like many birds, monarch butterflies migrate south for the winter. They’re not able to survive winters in the US.
-The monarch butterfly is an incredible creature that starts as an egg and goes through three amazing transformations during its life. The egg hatches into a caterpillar, which forms a pupa (chrysalis), which is then transformed into the adult butterfly.
-Monarch butterflies taste and smell using their antennae and legs, which are covered with sensory cells called chemoreceptors. These chemoreceptors also help the Monarchs find Milkweed plants on which to lay their eggs.
Learn more at www.saveourmonarchs.org
Feeling inspired by these facts? Here’s a Monarch butterfly themed word search you can print and complete, just for fun:
Happy Reading! Until next time, Carol