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.
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