Monarch Butterflies Are Now On Their Migration South

(Poughkeepsie, NY) -- Monarch butterflies are now on their annual migration. The butterflies are flying south from the Hudson Valley and points north on their way to Mexico or Florida. Some of the butterflies will travel up to 3,000 miles on their amazing journey to reach their winter gathering place. It is recommended that drivers traveling east or west keep their peripheral vision trained to the north side to avoid any butterfly collisions.

According to, "In all the world, no butterflies migrate like the Monarchs of North America. They travel much farther than all other tropical butterflies, up to three thousand miles. They are the only butterflies to make such a long, two way migration every year. Amazingly, they fly in masses to the same winter roosts, often to the exact same trees. "

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