Most monarch butterflies live for just a few weeks. But the generation born at the end of the summer is an exception: this group lives long enough to fly to Mexico!
These special monarchs migrate up to 3,000 miles to escape the coming frosts of winter. Travelling up to 250 miles per day, they make their way to central Mexico, returning to the same trees each year. When spring comes, the monarchs fly back north to the United States and Canada to breed.
We are lucky enough to have some of this late summer generation of monarchs at our libraries! You can now see the monarch caterpillars on display at Central kidsZone and Teen Place, and at our Hoffman Estates and Hanover Park Branches. They will be caterpillars for about two weeks, then they’ll create a chrysalis to protect them while they take another two weeks to transform into butterflies.
While you can stop by any time to see the monarchs for yourself, we’ll have a special program for you to get the full butterfly experience – including tagging and releasing some adult butterflies at Town Square so they can begin their migration to Mexico.
Butterflies: Thursday, Aug. 4, 1-1:45 p.m. at Central kidsZone
Searching for even more butterfly facts? Visit section J 595.78 in kidsZone or 595.7 in non-fiction for some great butterfly books.