Millions Of Monarch Butterflies Are Headed Straight For Wisconsin This Spring

The migration of the monarch butterfly is one of the most unique in the world. As one of the only insects that can’t withstand winter in a temperate climate, when fall hits, monarchs west of the Rockies head to the California coast. Monarchs east of the Rockies head to the forests in the Mexican mountains. These small, beautiful insects travel up to 2,500 miles twice a year. Recent sightings in the southern part of the US mean the migration north has begun and a large number of the monarchs will pass through or stay in Wisconsin. You can keep track of the path of the migration using this amazing and frequently-updated map.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

Are you prepared to help lure these gorgeous and beautiful insects to your yard? Let us know if and when you spot a monarch this spring.

Appleton has a truly amazing Butterfly Garden that you’re going to want to check out this summer, too.