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'Supersized' Monarch Butterflies Evolved to Fly Far


Science & Tech  (tags: Science, Monarch butterflies, insects, migrate, distance, interesting )

Dee
- 3064 days ago - news.bbc.co.uk
Monarch butterflies that migrate vast distances have grown larger bodies and wings, researchers have discovered.



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Dee C (23)
Wednesday January 27, 2010, 5:08 am
These "supersized" butterflies have evolved to cope with the demands of long-distance flight.

In contrast, monarchs that live in one place all year have wings that are up to 20% smaller, report scientists in the journal Evolution.

Monarch butterflies undergo the longest recorded two-way migration of any insect.

Read more at site..
 

Jean M (143)
Wednesday January 27, 2010, 5:57 am
I love butterflies and plant my garden to attract them. I would love it if the supersize monarchs show up in my garden. Thanks Dee.
 

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Wednesday January 27, 2010, 9:58 am
BEAUTIFUL STORY. I also plant my garden to attract them. A couple of years ago we had TRILLIONS of monarchs travel through out beautiful, magical town. IT WAS HEARTBREAKING TO SEE MILLIONS lining the
highway for miles, as they couldn't escape the cars. Now why did I bum everyone out with that information? Hopefully someone will post something that eases that visual. ThankX DEE
 

Mari 's (1356)
Wednesday January 27, 2010, 1:09 pm

Awesome! I plant trees there! :) Happy I did they need them in the Monarch.
 

Mari 's (1356)
Wednesday January 27, 2010, 1:11 pm

I plant in the Monarch Forest where Science studies them:)

http://www.americanforests.org/planttrees/af_info.php?campaign=monarchs

If you go through other sites or directly they are not expensive.
 

Barb K (1688)
Wednesday January 27, 2010, 3:35 pm
I've always loved Monarch butterflies. Just think, living in Hawaii to measure (sp?) their wing span! Wow...what a dream job!! Thnx Dee!!
 

Karen Walker (71)
Wednesday January 27, 2010, 5:35 pm
This story is fascinating. I would love to see these beautiful butterflies.
 

Elaine Dixon (71)
Wednesday January 27, 2010, 6:14 pm
fascinating story for fascinating insects- beautiful
 

Judy C (97)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 1:18 am
Interesting story. I love the monarchs.
 

(0)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 1:44 am
With growing challenges on earth put by ever enroaching humans, nature had pushes herself further to sustain all of her children, including us humans, who unfortunately never learn to respect what others had given us.

Perhaps, God should make some animals evolve back to dinosaurs so we can see that, in the face of nature, we are smaller and more worthless than a grain of sand.
 

Terry B (649)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 5:15 am
Need to help the Mexican villagers who value the monarchs, and the police, to get rid of the violent illegal loggers that are destroying the forests upon which the butterflies depend for overwintering.
 

Dee C (23)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 7:28 am
They are among my favorite..And I was fascinated as well by this story..

That is a shame Terry..Wish we all planted trees instead of destroying them..
 

Shaheen N (64)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 8:53 am
Very Informative Post
 

Teresa W (782)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 9:40 am
Interesting!
 

Janet S (231)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 10:08 am
uhh...WoW!
 

Odin Torchwood (45)
Thursday January 28, 2010, 10:31 am
I'm noting this. Cant believe the siiiiiiiize! Heh heh, great article, lets all plant more trees to help them flourish. stop loggers from destroying the forest by encouraging them to replant trees to restore the monarch (and other) forest to their original size. If only Ents existed to protect forests from destruction, it probably would change peoples attitude towards nature as a whole. Anyways allons y! and thank you.
 

Cheree M (46)
Friday January 29, 2010, 4:48 am
I love Butterflies. i used to be able to catch them when i was younger. I would just look at them up close & be very gentle w/ them & then let them go. Now days I can't catch them just to look at them up close once more. LOL. Thanks Dee.
 

Bill C (91)
Friday January 29, 2010, 5:24 am
Thanks, Dee. Noted with interest.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 31, 2010, 5:05 pm
Very interesting article; thanks, Dee.
 
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