Monarch butterflies are beautiful insects that are famous for their cross-country migration every spring and fall. They are Minnesota’s state butterfly!
Here in Minnesota, most of us are familiar with the Canada goose migration every spring and fall. These noisy birds fly over our state every spring, taking up residence in ponds and lakes before it is time to head south once again. But there’s another famous migration that takes place in Minnesota every year. It’s much quieter, but just as beautiful. Millions of monarch butterflies are headed straight for Minnesota this spring.
In just a few short weeks, these colorful insects will be ready to depart once again. Tens of millions of monarchs will fly out of Minnesota between July and October. They’ll head back to their winter grounds in Mexico.
Have you ever spotted a monarch in Minnesota? While these butterflies still arrive by the millions, their numbers are dwindling. For more information about the insects, check out the DNR monarch butterfly page. And for information about attracting the butterflies to your yard, check out their butterfly garden page.