What is the monarch
doing in May?

The first generation of butterflies. Born from the butterflies that hibernated in Mexico, the first generation of monarchs hatches in the south of the USA and continues its journey north, spreading through the center and east of the North American continent.

These monarchs, unlike their progenitors, live the normal life cycle of a butterfly, (between 3 and 5 weeks). The first generation of monarchs is born in Texas and other southern American states, and continues migrating north, extending all through the central plains and mountains of the eastern United States, where it lays its eggs before dying. The widespread use of pesticides in agriculture has significantly depleted the butterfly's natural habitat, since pesticides kill milkweed, the only plant where they can lay their eggs and that the larvae are able to eat.

Where can I see the monarch butterfly?

In the sanctuaries of Michoacán, where you can find more butterflies than anywhere else.

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Other observation areas

The other sanctuaries located in the state of Michoacán: Cerro Altamirano, Chivati-Huacal and Cerro Pelón, are not open to the public.

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