David Eaton of the Rotary Club of Monterrey Metropolitan (Mexico) spoke with us in his volunteer role as a champion of MOMA Hope: Protecting the Biological Corridor. The Monarch Butterfly’s population has declined by 90% in the past 20 years, due in large part to habitat destruction. There are 3 routes for the butterflies northward: one along the east coast which has virtually disappeared; one up central US to Canada, primarily Ontario and Manitoba; and the third up the west coast, mostly ending in parts of the US. Climate change is altering the areas where they can live, so more are now appearing in parts of southern Alberta. The migration and life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly is unique. While they follow the butterfly life cycle (egg, larvae or caterpillar, pupa or chrysalis, and adult butterfly), these four generations are actually four different butterflies going through these stages during one year, each one living only a few weeks, ending up in Canada in summer and winter in Mexico. The exception is the super butterfly (one in four) that lives 8 months, flying all the way from Canada to Mexico
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