What has tiny wings and flies more than a thousand miles twice in its lifetime? It’s the amazing monarch butterfly. It’s true; these butterflies travel south to Mexico and southern California for the winter, only to return in the spring to their northern homes where they can lay their eggs.
Our area of North Carolina is well known as a place to see monarch butterflies on their migration to Mexico. The butterflies fly quite high, but the mountains here have certain areas where they cross and we can see them.
So if you’re ever in this area of North Carolina in late September, here’s an insider tip about where to go and see Monarchs migrating over the blue ridge mountains. Head up to the Blue Ridge Parkway at the “Cherry Cove” overlook (mile marker 415.7). It’s a well known gap where the monarchs ordinarily make their way.
Thousands of orange shimmering wings! It’s a real treat every fall.
And if you’d like to learn more, here’s an informative article about butterflies and how we might help protect them.