The magnificence and perfection of HaShem’s world of creation is an unending source of amazement to me, especially since I’m immersed in nature on a daily basis in the Maine woods. Maine is in the pathway of the Monarch butterfly migration, but it was only when I visited Chicago to celebrate the birth of a new grandson, that I learned just how special these butterflies are.
How did I come to learn about Monarch butterflies in Chicago? We visited the Chicago Botanic Garden where we happened upon a special butterfly exhibit. There were 56 types of live butterflies there; most were from Mexico, South America, and Southeast Asia.
The Monarch butterfly’s migratory path is from Canada to Mexico. But here is the fascinating part: a Monarch butterfly is incapable of covering that tremendous distance in its lifespan. So a butterfly starts out in Canada, gets only so far, lays eggs, and dies. The offspring hatch, continue the migratory path southward, get only so far, lay eggs, and die. And so it continues until 3 or 4 generations later, the Monarch reaches Mexico. Then, the entire instinctive migratory process repeats in a northerly direction. How wondrous! (You can read more about Monarchs here.)
Had I known about this special exhibit beforehand I would have chosen a different lens for my camera, but the results were pleasing nonetheless. Click on images for a close-up enlarged view. A few species I simply couldn’t identify – – please write in the comments section if you know the names of those uncaptioned butterflies.