WATCH: Hundreds of Monarch Butterflies Spotted

The butterflies are migrating, according to the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.

Hundreds of Monarch Butterflies have been spotted on Dune Road and around Quogue over the past several days as the "kings" of all butterflies make their annual migration south.

The only butterfly to migrate like birds, the Monarchs, according to the Brendan Dickson of Quogue Wildlife Refuge, are most likely heading to Mexico.

"We are hearing of a lot of people heading down to Dune Road to watch the butterflies," said Dickson. 

Charles Cappa, curator of the butterfly exhibit at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibit Center, said the shorting of the days triggered the migration.

"All those butterflies you are seeing are going to attempt the trip to Michoacán, Mexico."

Once they hit Mexico, Cappa says they will hibernate for nine months until the spring when they start the migration back. However, he said, it is not the same butterflies that make the entire journey since the life-cycle of a Monarch is between 7 and 14 days.

"The butterflies you see in the spring on Long Island are probably the third and fourth generation of the butterflies that migrated the fall before," said Cappa.

If you've seen the butterflies and snapped a photo, feel free to upload it and share it here.

Erin September 19, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I wrote a post about this, with photos, on my blog,http://www.thefamiliarwilderness.com! So many butterflies, absolutely gorgeous.
Erica Jackson (Editor) September 19, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Thank you for sharing Erin.
Brad September 19, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Erin nice work. Thanks
Debbie September 20, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Great blog post, I thought you thought I was a crazy lady, I was so excited to find somebody to share it with. I'm glad you enjoyed the butterflies as much as I did. The video on this page is mine I found it by accident doing a search on google. What a small world.
n.mcgrath September 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM
thank you for sharing!!!
Erica Jackson (Editor) September 20, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Debbie, Thank you. It is a great video - amazing to see so many butterflies in one spot.
Erin September 20, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Debbie, your video is lovely! Thanks so much for sharing, with me :)


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