Cape May in Cape May County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Monarch Butterﬂy Migration
—Wildlife Migration —
The following spring they mate, the males die, and the females journey back to North America, laying eggs on the milkweed plants as they go. They may travel as far north as the Gulf coast states before they too die. The next generation continues the northward migration until once again, the monarchs repopulate the entire region of the milkweed plant.
Four to five generations may live and reproduce throughout the summer. However, the last generation, along with all the other monarchs from eastern North America, seek refuge from the cold of winter and begin the migration cycle once again.
Erected by State of New Jersey – Division of Parks & Forestry.
Location. 38° 55.939′ N, 74° 57.574′ W. Marker is in Cape May, New Jersey, in Cape May County. Marker can be reached from Lighthouse Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in Cape May Point
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Swarms of Dragonflies (a few steps from this marker); Flipper and Friends (within shouting distance of this marker); All Shapes, Sizes and Materials (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cape May Lighthouse (about 300 feet away); What is it? (about 400 feet away); Oil House (about 400 feet away); Shorebirds Galore (about 400 feet away); Ridges, Rivers and Coastlines (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Cape May.
More about this marker. Several photographs appear along the bottom of the marker. The first contains the caption, “Large concentrations of migrating monarch butterflies occur in areas rich in wildflowers.”
Nest to this are photos of a researcher and a closeup of a monarch, and include a caption of “Researchers, such as this one at Cape May Bird Observatory (left), catch and tag butterflies. A tagged monarch (above) may be identified at other points in its journey by those studying their migratory patterns.”
The last photo depict a caterpillar on a milkweed plant and has a caption of “Toxins
Also see . . . New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. National Park Service website. (Submitted on June 30, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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