A kaleidoscope of brilliant orange Monarch butterflies alight on green milkweed.
This long distance traveler, citizen of the world, is the most delicate and beautiful symbol of the transformation and renewal in Nature, and above all, is a prime example of a species’ instinct to survive.
A card for a mother, a daughter, a traveler, a survivor, for someone who loves beauty and nature, for a new birth, a rebirth, for a gardener, a Christening, for transformation, for a Birthday, for Love.
You set me free.
You give me wings.
Wishing you peace.
You give me butterflies!
You make my heart flutter!
Spread your wings and fly!
Find your bliss!
Let it go …
Let yourself soar.
Monarch migration facts:
Year after year when autumn comes, following a primeval call that still remains a mystery to science, the North American Monarch Butterfly undertakes the longest known voyage in the insect world.
After spending the summer in the native fields and forests of United States and Canada, millions of these fragile insects start a 3000 mile journey south and spend the winter hibernating in pine trees in the warmer central Mexico’s majestic Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains.
The beautiful monarch butterflies travel every year to Michoacan Mexico because they are unable to survive the North American cold winters. The butterflies always hibernate and breed in the same trees every year; this is a mystery since they are the fourth generation of those from the previous season. The monarch butterfly is the only insect that migrates every year to a distance of over 3000 miles.
How do they instinctively know which trees are their destinations?
In 1975 Dr. Fred Urquhart discovered the wintering Monarchs: “I gazed in amazement at the sight. Butterflies, millions upon millions of Monarch butterflies! They clung in tightly packed masses to every branch and trunk of the tall, gray-green oyamel trees. They swirled through the air like autumn leaves and carpeted the ground in their flaming myriads on this Mexican mountainside.”
Pre-Hispanic inhabitants associated the Monarchs with fire and the Sun’s movement in the sky, and considered butterflies the souls of warriors that had died in battle. It was believed that after traveling with the Sun for four years, they would return to earth as butterflies, to feed on the sweet nectar of flowers. This belief also applied to Monarchs, “daughters of the Sun” whose yearly migration symbolized the renewing natural cycle.