With great beauty and stark coloring, the Monarch butterfly are an essential element in the lifecycle of the forests they inhabit, ensuring the maintenance of ecological equilibrium as pollinators.
During their migration and stay in Mexico, the adult butterflies court each other and reproduce, leaving behind the new generation, which will fly around March to the U.S. and Canada. However, they will never return to Mexico.
Despite this seemingly one-way journey, Monarchs distinguish themselves from other species of butterflies by their longevity. Most other butterfly species have a lifecycle of about 24 days, while the Monarch can live up to 9 months.
Its wings, present a recognizable black and orange patterns, with a wingspan of between 8 and 12 centimeters.
It is difficult to estimate how many eggs a female Monarch lies during her life, but it is thought that the number is from 300 to 400 in their natural habitat.
With the arrival of Mexico’s Holy Week holiday, the sanctuaries, which protect the butterflies, will be visited by thousands of tourists from all around the world, all seeking to share in this magnificent spectacle.