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!
Males monarchs have a black spot on a vein on each hind wing distinguishing them from females.
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!
The orange of a monarch’s wings is a warning color, identifying itself to predators that the butterfly will taste bad or maybe toxic.
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.
Monarch butterflies live in North Central and South America, as well as Austrailia, some Pacific Islands, Western Europe and India.
A monarch caterpillar will gain about 2,700 times its original weight.
The monarch’s caterpillar does not have bones. Instead, it has over 1,000 muscles helping the caterpillar crawl wherever it needs to go.
Last year at Flight of the Monarch we released 700 monarch butterflies to migrate to Mexico for the winter!