7 Cool Facts About Monarch Butterflies


In honor of the 5th annual Flight of the Monarch Festival, we’re bringing you some fun facts about monarch butterflies!

About the festival:

When: September 23, 2017, 10:00am to 4:00 pm
Where: Grand Central Boardwalk

This FREE festival will celebrate with three butterfly releases at 12 p.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Along with butterflies, there will also be a costume contest, petting zoo, photos with Mater & Lightning McQueen, arts & crafts, food, a Kid Zone, live music and so much more!

Fact 1:

Males monarchs have a black spot on a vein on each hind wing distinguishing them from females.

Fact 2:

They have a 10 cm wingspan and weigh between 0.25 and 0.75 grams. That’s about 4,500 times as heavy as a grain of salt!

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Fact 3:

The orange of a monarch’s wings is a warning color, identifying itself to predators that the butterfly will taste bad or maybe toxic.

Fact 4:

They can flap their wings up to 120 times in a minute trying to escape a predator. Their flight speed has been measured between four and 12 mph.

Flight of the Monarch 2016

Fact 5:

Monarch butterflies live in North Central and South America, as well as Austrailia, some Pacific Islands, Western Europe and India.

Fact 6:

A monarch caterpillar will gain about 2,700 times its original weight.


Fact 7:

The monarch’s caterpillar does not have bones. Instead, it has over 1,000 muscles helping the caterpillar crawl wherever it needs to go.

Bonus Fact:

Last year at Flight of the Monarch we released 700 monarch butterflies to migrate to Mexico for the winter!



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