Colorado April 20, 2019
Thousands Of Monarch Butterflies Are Headed Straight For Colorado This Spring
If you thought Colorado was colorful before, get ready to have your mind blown, as an upcoming natural phenomenon will make the state explode with orange and blacks! If you are ready to see Colorado in a whole new way, make plans to be outside as much as possible to experience the spring monarch butterfly migration.
Spanning from March through June, monarch butterflies make their annual migration as they begin to move north following the end of the cold, winter months.
In fall, butterflies instinctively head south in search of warmer temperatures, then lay their eggs on milkweed before dying. Come spring, these eggs hatch into caterpillars that grow, develop in a chrysalis, and eventually emerge as beautiful butterflies who then begin the long journey north.
How do the butterflies know to migrate? This is a question that still baffles scientists, but one thing is for sure: it is truly a sight to see!
Since most butterflies migrate from either Mexico or southern California, the journey north takes a long time. You should begin to see these monarchs in Colorado come mid-May.
Want to attract more butterflies to your home and yard? Experts recommend planting milkweed, which is a less common plant species in Colorado and offers a place for butterflies to lay their eggs and reproduce.
Fun fact: Colorado may not play a huge role in hosting the butterflies, but strays still stop and make a home in the Centennial State!
A final tip for the spring migration? Always have your camera handy, as you never know just what you will capture.
For another awe-inspiring act of nature, check out
The Incredible Natural Phenomenon In Colorado That Happens Just Once A Year.