What is the monarch
doing in August?

The Methuselah generation. The fourth generation of monarchs ─the so-called Methuselah butterfly, due to its longevity─ is finally born. These is the generation which will complete the incredible migration to the south, as well as the hibernation and the beginning of the migration journey back to the north.

The Methuselah generation is born in the forests and fields of the North of the USA and Canada. This generation, which, extraordinarily, is able to live until April and achieve the feat of migrating south, spends the month of August feeding in order to create the food reserves needed by an insect of just a few grams to be able to face the long trip before him. With the arrival of the cold weathers, announcing the change of season, the butterflies living in the continent’s boreal regions begin their autumnal migration to the south.

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

In the municipality of Senguio we find the Sanctuary of Senguio, which also functions as an Ecotourism Center. Depending on the location of the butterfly colonies, each year local guides organize controlled visits in order to observe the monarch butterfly in their habitat. 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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